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Course Overview

Chemical Engineering Design takes the learning from the first two and a half years of the degree and ties it together whilst formally introducing student to the overall process of chemical engineering design.

Employability and professional attributes are embedded in the course with design engineers (students) being line managed.  Professional attributes such as time management, project management, communication and team working are developed through the course.  Within the course, design engineers will also significantly develop

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Euan Bain

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course aims to contribute to the development of an integrated approach to Chemical Engineering by bringing together the aspects of core chemical engineering and underpinning mathematics and science which have been (are being) studied to date in the context of a series of chemical engineering tasks.

In this wider context the course aims to:
Allow students to develop & demonstrate criticality and creativity by analyzing systems to make design choices whilst facing the challenges of uncertainty presented by incomplete/ambiguous data & information;
Allow students to develop competence in process simulation using industry-standard software applications;
Allow students to develop communication & team working skills including the presentation of professional design calculations;
allow students to apply their knowledge and problem solving skills to real problems;
Allow students to develop skills associated with Chemical Engineering Practice such as: the ability to find, use and apply information from the technical literature; the ability to find and apply appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.

Further Information & Notes

Each student will attend 3 hours of design workshops per week.  These workshops will have a mix of formal instruction and time for students to work independently, work in groups and/or discuss their work with the course delivery team.

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: Continuous Assessment (100%).
Resit: Continuous Assessment (100%).

Formative Assessment

There is no formal formative assessment in this course.  The function which formative assessment typically fulfils is addressed by the continuous feedback processes outlined in the Feedback box.


Students are given feedback on their progress by the following means:

  • Ongoing discussion with course delivery team in scheduled design sessions;
  • Formal marking and return of summative assessment;
  • Small group and/or individual meetings with course team as required;
  • General feedback videos.

Students may give feedback on the course by:

  • Contacting the course team individually at any time;
  • Contacting the course tea via the AUSA class representative;
  • Completing interim and final Student Course Evaluation Forms (SCEF).

Course Learning Outcomes


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