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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 14:44

Course Overview

The course aims to give students knowledge and understanding of how larger process systems behave and are operated and controlled, with a focus being put on safety aspects. Specific cases across the safety hierarchy (basic and advanced process control, alarm systems, emergency shutdown and interlocks, safety relief) are addressed.

Course Details

Study Type Both Undergraduate & Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or EG402A Process Safety (Passed) or EG40HC Process Control (Passed) or EX402A Process Safety (Passed) or EX40HC Process Control (Passed)
  • Either MSc Process Safety or Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or EG4013 Meng Individual Project (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course focuses on process safety. The interface of automatic process control and process safety is introduced by looking at advanced control strategies like cascade, selective, split-range and ratio control. The safety issues encountered in transient operations are addressed and the use of alarm and interlock systems to address these is discussed. Relief system design is developed.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 3-hour written examination (80%); continuous assessment (20%)

Resit: 3-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

Solutions to tutorials are provided.


Feedback is given in the form of discussion with course tutors in contact sessions and on VLE and return of continually assessed work.

Course Learning Outcomes


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