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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

A general engineering course that provides insight into the two main conservation principles, mass and energy. Processes are usually described through block diagrams. This language, common to many disciplines in engineering, helps the engineer to look at their processes with an analytical view. Degree of freedom analysis is addressed, emphasising its importance to solve a set of linear equations that model fundamental balances of mass. Practical examples of Energy balances are displayed, bringing Thermodynamics to a practical level. Heat Transfer is introduced. Process control is introduced, explaining basic control techniques and concepts, i.e sensors, feedback, control loops and PID controllers.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jefferson Luis Melo de almeida Gomes

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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Course Description

The technical content of the course is delivered in 7 sections.  An introduction to process engineering is given in the wider context such that students might understand the types of roles and responsibilities of practical process engineers.  Dimensions and systems of units are given specific focus such is their importance in all engineering disciplines.  Process communication is covered in a module which deals with block diagrams, process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams and stream lists.  Two of the most critical foundations upon which a degree in engineering is based are material balancing and energy balancing; Energy balances are covered in detail on system with and without mass transfer to the environment (open and closed systems).  The fundamentals of transfer processes are then introduced with specific focus being given to heat transfer.  The course ends with an introduction to automatic control of systems and processes.

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

First Attempt

1x Timed Online Test (50%)
1x Timed Online Test (50%) 

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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