MEng Chemical Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Engineering Mathematics 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN20041
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • First-, second- and higher-order ordinary differential equations.
  • Role of initial and boundary conditions.
  • A range of solutions to first-, second- and higher-order differential equations will be covered with and without constant coefficients.
  • Application of differential equations to Physical and Chemical Engineering examples.
  • Partial differential equations.
  • Characterization of solutions.
  • Double and triple integrals and their applications for calculating surface areas and volumes.
  • Cartesian, polar and spherical coordinates.
  • Converting integrals from Cartesian to polar or spherical coordinates.
  • Complex integrals and their solutions.
  • Gamma and Beta functions.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Engineering Mathematics 1 CHEN10011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Engineering Mathematics 2 CHEN10072 Pre-Requisite Compulsory




The unit aims to:

Provide an introduction to the methods of integration and solution of ordinary differential equation systems arising from the mathematical modelling of chemical engineering applications.


Learning outcomes

ILO: 1 Explain how both differential equations and integration can arise in the process of setting up mathematical models.

ILO 2: Approximate solutions of a differential equation.

ILO 3: Compare different methods and chose a suitable method for solving differential equations.

ILO 4: Assess the accuracy and limitation of solutions.

ILO 5: Apply the ideas and concepts to systems of differential equations.

ILO 6: Apply techniques within this unit to solve engineering problems.

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.

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

Mid-semester exam style assessment


Exam style assessments


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

Feedback methods

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.

Recommended reading

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

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Samuel De Visser Unit coordinator

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