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BEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Process Synthesis (BEng)

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN30311
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit builds on knowledge and skills of core chemical engineering concepts (material and energy balances, chemical reaction engineering, chemical thermodynamics) and of chemical process design (process simulation, economic evaluation and inherently safer design).


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Process Design & Simulation CHEN21112 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This unit aims to:

  • Help students develop understanding of and skills in chemical process synthesis, design, evaluation and optimisation
  • Support integration of chemical process design knowledge and skills already acquired
  • Provide an opportunity for students to propose a design concept for further exploration within the Design Project course unit (CHEN30012&CHEN30132)


Learning outcomes

LO 1.Develop, simulate, evaluate and analyse process flow sheets using simulation software.

ILO 2.Analyse important interactions and trade-offs in process synthesis and design

ILO 3.Identify hazards and propose inherently safer design solutions

ILO 4.Explain key decisions to be made during process synthesis, evaluation and optimisation

ILO 5.Use a logical approach to select technologies, operating conditions and flowsheet configurations for continuous processes

ILO 6.Apply heat integration techniques in process design

ILO 7.Appraise process flowsheets, considering safety and relevant performance criteria

ILO 8.Explain the role of optimisation in chemical process design and set up relevant problems

Teaching and learning methods


Problem-solving exercises

eLearning in Blackboard (additional resources, discussion board)

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

Mid-semester Exam Style Assessment



Final Exam



Feedback methods

Marked test returned 2 weeks later

Project selection (start of Sem. 2)

Recommended reading

Core Reading

Smith, R., Chemical Process Design and Integration, 2 nd edition, 2016, Wiley, ISBN-13: 978- 1119990130 [Kortext]

Essential Reading

Towler, G.P. and Sinnott, R.K., Chemical Engineering Design: Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design, 5th edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0080966595 [Online via Elsevier Science Direct Books]

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Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Megan Jobson Unit coordinator

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