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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Chemical Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Final award MEng/MEng + DIS/DIntS
Programme title Chemical Engineering
Programme code CGUM01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 8 semesters or 10 semesters if students undertake professional development in industry leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies or international experience leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies which normally occurs between Parts B and C, or Parts C and D.
UCAS code H802/H803
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/chemicalengineering/chemicalengineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:50:49 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To prepare graduates for professional careers in the process industries, primarily as process engineers in leading roles.  Enable them to understand, solve, and manage technical problems in general to a high level, and to be able to take advantage of further education, research and experience throughout their careers.
  • To develop incoming students’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes to those of more able professional chemical engineers.
  • To impart in-depth knowledge of chemical engineering principles through the underlying mathematics, science and associated technologies.
  • To provide knowledge and understanding of leading edge subjects within modern chemical engineering.
  • To develop the ability to reason critically, collect, analyse, evaluate and synthesise data to facilitate optimisation, gather and use information, apply concepts and methodologies.
  • To develop skills to a high level, especially in (a) drawing rational conclusions from experimental investigations, (b) information technology, including the use of calculation and design packages, computer graphics and word processing, and (c) communication, both oral and written.
  • To impart thorough understanding of process principles through problem solving, projects and assignments, particularly process design exercises.
  • To encourage professional attitudes through the study of the human, environmental, business and economic implications of technology, through team work, and through working with established professionals.

 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

QAA Benchmark statements for Engineering

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

Accreditation of Chemical Engineering Degrees: A guide for university departments and assessors, IChemE

UK-SPEC

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

 On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate good to excellent (as defined in the QAA Benchmark statements for Engineering) knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Mathematics, science and engineering principles (including ITC and technically leading subjects), relevant to the Process Industries.
  2. Economic evaluation and business principles relevant to engineering and engineers, including entrepreneurship.
  3. More in-depth concepts, principles and theories in subjects of the student's own choice.
  4. The role of the engineer in society and as a team player, and the constraints within which their engineering judgement will be exercised.
  5. The professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers, including those in leading roles.
  6. The international role of the engineer and the impact of engineering solutions in a global context.
  7. The detailed principles of process selection and design.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

8. Demonstrate significant and wide ranging ability in identifying, defining and solving engineering problems using mathematical and modelling techniques with due cognisance of science and engineering principles.

9. Show strong ability in the selection, design and optimisation of process engineering systems and processes.

10. Recognise how to ensure safe operation of apparatus and plant whilst exercising judgement of economic and environmental constraints.

11. Evaluate and integrate information and processes through individual and team project work; communicating articulately in the process.

12. Show strong ability to plan an experiment (or project), analyse and interpret data recorded in the laboratory and on processes to deliver supported recommendations and/or solutions.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

13. Use laboratory and pilot equipment well and safely, including advanced analytical apparatus.

14. Observe and record data in the laboratory and on processes.

15. Use computer packages appropriate to process engineering to a high level.  Integrate them extensively with project, laboratory and design work.

16. Prepare technical reports, technical research papers and dissertations to a level that demonstrates initiative and in-depth thinking - research the material(s) required to produce these.

17. Give technical presentations, with IT multimedia whenever possible.

18. Understand technical drawings.  Prepare block, flow & piping and instrumentation, and mechanical drawings.

19. Apply knowledge and skills to a high level in a professional environment through projects and training in industry (DIS/DIntS students and PDP in industry students only).

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

20. Communicate in a detailed and effective manner using written, oral, graphical and presentational skills – sorting data in the most appropriate manner.

21. Use IT effectively (e.g. process simulator, word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation, CAD, email, WWW and specialist software) and integrate the benefits well with communication and reporting.

22. Use mathematical skills appropriate to a well qualified professional engineer.

23. Work independently to a high level.

24. Work in a team environment, taking a leading role if required.

25. Manage workloads and time effectively and efficiently.

26. Work with limited or contradictory information whilst being able to fully justify conclusions that are drawn.

4. Programme structure

 

4.1       PART A - Introductory Modules

            (i)  Compulsory modules - total modular weight 110

Code

Title    

Modular Weight

Semester

CGA001

Fluid Mechanics I

10

1

CGA002

Stagewise Processes

10

2

CGA004

Chemical Engineering Laboratory

20

1 & 2

CGA005

Chemical and Biochemical Processes

10

1

CGA006

Heat Transfer

10

2

CGA007

Process Balances

20

1 & 2

CGA008

Engineering Thermodynamics

10

1

MAA308

Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering

20

1 & 2

 

            (ii)  Optional Modules - total modular weight 10

One from

Code

Title    

Modular Weight

Semester

 

Choice of Applied Languages

Current details available from the Univerity-Wide language programme in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations

10

2

 

CGA013

Chemical Engineering and Society

10

2

 

4.2       PART B - Degree Modules

            (i)  Compulsory modules - total modular weight 110

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

CGB001

Chemical Engineering Design

10

2

CGB012

Mass Transfer and Separations

20

1 & 2

CGB013

Chemical Thermodynamics

10

1

CGB014

Instrumentation, Control and Industrial Practice

10

1

CGB015

Safety, Loss Prevention and Environmental Control

10

1

CGB017

Reaction Engineering

10

2

CGB018

Plant Engineering

10

2

CGB019

Particle Technology

10

2

CGB020

Process Systems Engineering

10

2

CGB022

Fluid Mechanics II

10

1

 

            (ii)  Optional Modules - total modular weight 10

One from

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

CGB021

Food Engineering

10

2

 

Choice of Applied Language

Current details available from the University-Wide language programme in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations

10

2

 

4.3         PART I – Optional Placement Year

One from

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

CGI001

Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS)

120

1 & 2

 CGI002

Diploma in International Studies (DIntS)

120

1 & 2

 

4.4       PART C - Degree Modules

                 (i)  Compulsory modules - total modular weight 100 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

CGC002

Professional Development Project

40

2

CGC044

Dissertation (MEng status)

10

1

CGC047

Chemical Process Control (MEng status)

10

1

CGC051

Transfer Processes (MEng status )

10

1

CGC052

Reaction Engineering (MEng status)

10

1

CGC053

Process Economics and Design Optimisation (MEng status )

10

1

CGC058

Research Methods (MEng status)

10

1

            (ii)  Optional Modules - total modular weight 20

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

BSB580

Operations Management

10

1

BSC520

Business Systems

10

1

BSC522

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

10

1

CGD950

Enterprise Technology

10

1

 

4.5         Part D - Degree Modules 

      (i)  Compulsory modules - total modular weight 90  

Code

 Title

 Modular Weight

 Semester

CGD045

Individual Process Design Project (MEng status )

20

2

CGD046

Team Process Design Project (MEng status )

25

2

CGD059

Chemical Product Design

15

1

CGD068

Analytical and Modelling Practice

15

2

CGD069

Advanced Biochemical Engineering

15

1

      (ii)  Optional Modules - total modular weight 30

Choose 2 from 3

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

CGD058

Filtration

15

1

CGD062

Downstream Processing

15

1

CGD067

Colloid Engineering and Nano-science

15

1

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, from C to D and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

- Candidates will be allowed to progress from Part A to Part B if in the Part A assessment they obtain at least 100 credits in accordance with Regulation XX, and normally a minimum overall average of 60%.

- Candidates will be allowed to progress from Part B to Part C if in the Part B assessment they obtain at least 100 credits in accordance with Regulation XX, and normally a minimum overall average for Part B of 55%.

- Candidates will be allowed to progress from Part C to Part D if in the Part C assessment they obtain at least 100 credits in accordance with Regulation XX, and normally a minimum overall average of 50%.

- In order to qualify for the award of an Honours Degree, candidates will be required to obtain a minimum of 100 credits in Part D in accordance with Regulation XX.

Any candidate who fails to qualify for the award of the MEng Honours Degree in Part D may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be awarded a BEng in Chemical Engineering with a classification based on the candidate’s performance in Parts B and C (using modular weightings appropriate to the BEng programme) and provided that an Individual Process Design Project is completed.

Provision will be made for candidates who have the right of reassessment in Parts A, B, C and D of the programme to undergo reassessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

The candidates final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level modules assessments in Parts B, C and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The average percentage marks of each Part will be combined in the proportions Part B 20 : Part C 40 : Part D 40 to determine the final degree classification.

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