During the Foundation year, you will study the following modules:
- General science skills
- Introduction to chemistry
- Mathematics for scientists
- Advancing chemistry
- Fundamental of biology
- Fundamentals of physics
On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to Year 1 of the BEng Chemical Engineering and will study the modules detailed below.
Introduction to chemical engineering (40 credits)
This module introduces you to chemical process engineering and design. You will also have an overview of major equipment used in chemical processing plants and typical plant configurations applying, where appropriate, chemical engineering fundamentals such as solving material and energy balances. You will develop knowledge and understanding of chemical engineering; professional practice, safe operational working practices and key commercial tools employed by industry to support chemical engineering practice and principles.
Mathematics and computing for chemical engineers (20 credits)
You will acquire background mathematical abilities necessary to fully engage with subsequent degree-level chemical engineering studies. After a brief review of core mathematical skills, the module will look at single and multiple variable calculus and statistics. You will also be introduced to a variety of software packages that can support the application of the mathematical techniques relevant to their subject area.
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Processes (20)
You will be introduced to the principles of material, energy and momentum balancing for non-reacting and reacting steady state systems in chemical engineering. This module gives you skills on properties of fluids, the transfer of material, energy and momentum and relevant thermodynamics. You will formulate and solve relevant problems for simple single and multiple unit process systems to support chemical process design and operation.
General chemistry (20)
This module builds upon your capabilities on fundamental chemistry theory and practice. You will develop knowledge in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as well as developing further key laboratory skills.
Introduction to physical chemistry and thermodynamics (20)
You will study basic chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. This module enriches your decision making by enabling you to determine the speed of a chemical reaction and whether a chemical reaction is likely to proceed.
Professional chemical engineering and development (40)
You will understand and apply the concept of chemical, bio-chemical and pharmaceutical process design, design hierarchy, process flowsheeting, plant layout, plant economy, plant optimisation and plant safety. Also, this module will introduce and examine the wider social, environmental, business and financial contexts in which a professional chemical engineer operates, with particular attention to their legal, safe and ethical responsibilities.
Fundamentals of process design and control (20)
This module deepens your learning and application of process plant design for control and communicating process control and instrumentation configurations of process plant through P&I diagrams, how to apply the knowledge and understanding of process automation to design, operate, and optimally automate control a chemical operation.
Transport phenomena (20)
This module builds upon the module Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Processes. It gives you a comprehensive background into the study of exchange of mass, energy, and momentum between observed systems, both in steady and unsteady-states.
Separation processes (20)
You will understand the principles, mechanism and design criteria of mixing, dispersing and separation process operations. Also the module further develops your learning through practice with single and simple multi-phase operations.
Chemical reaction engineering (20)
You will learn and apply chemical reactions thermodynamics, kinetics and principles of chemical engineering processes. This helps scale up manufacture of exothermic and endothermic reactions to be operated safely, efficiently, and in a sustainable manner.
Design Project in Chemical Engineering (40)
In this module you will get experience on working individually and as part of a team to develop a complex chemical engineering system. This module will also provide you with an awareness of the design and commissioning process/tools involved in developing a complex piece of equipment.
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering (20)
You will understand and apply advanced concepts in chemical reaction engineering, notably non-ideal reactors and transport effects in complex reaction systems.
Advanced Transport Phenomena and Process Control (20)
This module deepens your understanding of the principles of complex single phase flow and introduces you to the principles and applications of multiphase flows. You will also enhance your skills in processing and process control mathematical modelling. This will help you to research and develop control solutions offline of a process plant. The module will also help you to be more effective at critically analysing a process plant design for automated control purposes. You will select appropriate control schemes and strategies for common operational units within the process industry.
Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology (20)
You will study biological and bioengineering principles underlying the development, synthesis, production, purification and therapeutic use of recombinant proteins. The module will train you to apply and analyse the associated engineering required to support the mass process production of molecular and bio-systems.
Process Safety, Sustainability and Environmental Protection (20)
This module prepares you to critically evaluate the safe, profitable operation of a chemical facility in accordance with relevant environmental, ethical and safety guidelines and legislation. You will gain risk management skills in hazards perception; identification, quantification and mitigation.
Common themes embedded within the core modules include:
- Professional chemical engineering and development (economics, ethics, regulations and practice)
- Employability development for placement and graduate roles
- Engineering placement