MEng Chemical Engineering with Energy and Environment / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Batch Processing

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN30321
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


 Batch operation is required for production of highly regulated materials, such as pharmaceuticals, and more recently with the emerging field of bioengineering. There are differences between continuous and batch processes, which need incorporating into a plant design in order for it to be fit for purpose. One of the main factors is the change of conditions with time, resulting in non-steady state conditions.

 By the end of this module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design, operation, sequencing, scheduling and optimisation of batch operations.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Process Engineering Fundamentals CHEN10041 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chemical Reactor Design CHEN20141 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chemical Engineering Optimisation CHEN20051 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

Explain the difference between batch and continuous processes, and understand their characteristics in relation to applications.

Allow students to quantitatively design a range batch processes.

Provide students with knowledge on how to optimise batch processes.

Detail how to schedule batch processes effectively to improve system efficiency.


Learning outcomes

ILO: 1.Describe the use and synthesis of batch processes.

ILO: 2.Design batch reactors and apply factors that impact reactor performance.

ILO: 3.Compare different operation modes (relating to condensers and reboilers) of batch distillation columns.

ILO: 4.Produce schedules for batch processes and quantify production rates.

ILO: 5. Describe the control required for batch processes. 

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures provide fundamental aspects supporting the critical learning of the module and will be delivered as pre-recorded asynchronous short videos via our virtual learning environment.

Synchronous sessions will support the lecture material with Q&A and problem-solving sessions where you can apply the new concepts. Surgery hours are also available for drop-in support.

Feedback on problems and examples, feedback on coursework and exams, and model answers will also be provided through the virtual learning environment. A discussion board provides an opportunity to discuss topics related to the material presented in the module.

Students are expected to expand the concepts presented in the session and online by additional reading (suggested in the Online Reading List) in order to consolidate their learning process and further stimulate their interest to the module.

Study budget:

  • Core Learning Material (e.g. recorded lectures, problem solving sessions): 24 hours
  • Self-Guided Work (e.g. continuous assessment, extra problems, reading)     : 44 hours
  • Exam Style Assessment Revision and Preparation: 32 hours

Assessment methods

Assessment Types

Total Weighting

Continuous assessment


Exam style assessments


Please note that the exam style assessments weighting may be split over midterm and end of semester exams. 

Recommended reading

Reading lists are accessible through the Blackboard system linked to the library catalogue.


Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Emily Cooksey Unit coordinator

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