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MEng Hons Chemical Engineering

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Engineering
UCAS Code: H811 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Engineering Director of Studies: Professor AD Martin
Total Credit Points: 480 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 4)
  • The student must take the following modules:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Chemical engineers work across a wide variety of sectors and need technical knowledge of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, Materials Science and IT as well as skills in management, safety and the environment. This four year Integrated Master’s aims to: equip students with a strong foundation in the essentials of engineering science while integrating and developing a specialist understanding of chemical engineering; and, develop in them the characteristics of future leaders of the engineering profession who are prepared to cope with the changes that will occur in their professional life.

    In the first year, students study core engineering and engineering mathematics modules. In later years there is a greater focus on chemical engineering topics, for example a design project, chemical risk assessment, and wastewater management. With an emphasis on teaching, design and project work, students will develop strong capabilities in assessing engineering options. The programme will enhance their capacity to make decisions, use creativity and overcome difficulties; and, prepare graduates to cope with the changes that will occur in their professional lives.

    The programme aims to:

    • Ensure students acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the essentials of the key chemical engineering subjects and underpinning mathematics, as well as familiarity and confidence with some mechanical engineering topics.
    • Develop students’ capabilities in assessing engineering options across a broad range of subjects, their capacity to make decisions, their creativity, their ability to overcome difficulties, and their awareness of commercial and industrial constraints.
    • Develop key skills in communications, IT (including CAD, analysis and simulation tools), lifelong learning, team-working and project management.
    • Foster students’ capacity to deal with unfamiliar situations and situations that cross subject boundaries.
    • Provide experiences through which students can develop skills in leadership, initiative and autonomy.
    • Develop awareness of the social, cultural and ethical context in which professional engineers operate, and their capacity to work within the appropriate code of conduct.
    • Generate the outlook, skills and knowledge required for future leaders of the engineering profession.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates will be able to:

    • Demonstrate fluency in the fundamental principles of mathematics as applicable to chemical engineering. They will be able to select and apply appropriate mathematical methods and principles of engineering science to model and analyse engineering situations.
    • Use a range of computational tools and packages relating specifically to chemical engineering and to determine the range of their validity.
    • Apply an understanding of the principles of design, design techniques and characteristics of engineering materials and components.
    • Analyse existing engineering systems and create new systems through the synthesis of ideas from a range of sources.
    • Apply engineering knowledge and understanding to design a system, component or process to meet a need.
    • Test design ideas in the laboratory or through simulation, with analysis and critical evaluation of results.
    • Design, undertake and complete a substantial project.
    • Summarise and apply relevant management and business practices and define applicable professional and ethical responsibilities.
    • Undertake project management tasks and carry out financial appraisals of engineering projects.
    • Use relevant test and measurement equipment.
    • Take account of industrial and commercial constraints in appropriate situations.
    • Demonstrate awareness of the environmental, economic and social impact of chemical processes.
    • Communicate effectively, in writing, orally, through presentations and drawings.
    • Locate and retrieve information from libraries, databases and other sources.
    • Manipulate data, and present it in a variety of ways.
    • Use creativity and innovation in dealing with engineering situations.
    • Work with limited or contradictory information.
    • Learn independently and manage their time.
    • Work with others to manage a team project and offer leadership.
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to plan conduct and report a programme of original research or, alternatively, a project of direct and immediate industrial relevance.
    • Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Acquisition of knowledge is mainly through lectures, tutorials and associated problems sessions to reinforce the lecture content. There is a substantial amount of directed learning through project work at varying degrees of complexity as the student progresses.

    The programme is designed to permit the student, after a thorough grounding in engineering in the first years of study, a degree of choice in their final years to suit their aptitudes and career ambitions. Students are introduced to a range of skills via project work and these skills are continuously developed and sharpened to an advanced level with increasingly challenging projects. Group skills are enhanced by workshops, particularly in the final year.

    In summary the following teaching methods apply:

    Knowledge and understanding is developed through a combination of lectures, tutorial/workshop sessions (especially in first year), projects, coursework exercises and practical work.

    Intellectual skills are developed as follows:

    Modelling and analysing skills are developed through practice examples supported by tutorial and workshop sessions and through projects and practical work.

    Computer skills are developed through practical work and projects informed by lectures.

    Systems skills are developed through lectures, practical work and projects.

    Skills in the business context are developed through lectures and coursework including a business simulation exercise.

    Design skills are developed through design exercises and projects.

    Practical skills are developed as follows:

    Test and measurement skills are developed through lectures and practical laboratory work.

    Experimental skills are developed through laboratory work.

    IT and programming skills are developed through lectures, programming exercises and hands-on computer work.

    Test and evaluation skills are developed through laboratory work and projects.

    Skills in accounting for industrial and commercial constraints are developed through lectures, simulation exercises and coursework.

    Skills in using project management techniques are developed through lectures, essay and project work.

    Skill of working with poor information is developed through design exercises and projects.

    Entrepreneurship team-working and team leadership skills are developed through lectures, exercises and the group design project.

    Communication skills are developed through instruction and practice in writing reports and essays, giving presentations, preparing posters, and making and reading drawings.

    General ICT skills are developed through use of computers in most aspects of the course and for communication in the University and beyond.

    Information retrieval skills are developed in coursework and design exercises and projects.

    Data manipulation and presentation skills are developed through coursework exercises and report-writing.

    Creativity and innovation skills are developed through design exercises and project work.

    Independent-learning skills are developed through coursework and projects.

    Time-management skills are developed through coursework and student projects.

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The assessment strategy complies with Lancaster University's Undergraduate Assessment Regulations, In addition it seeks to comply with the requirements of the accrediting body (IChemE).

    Knowledge and understanding is assessed is through unseen examinations, together with assessed coursework in the form of project reports and presentations, design projects, laboratory reports, essays and progress tests.

    Interlectual skills are assessed by a combination of coursework exercises, practical and project work, written examinations and an oral examination

     Practical skills are assessed by a combination of practical and project work, computer exercises, essays, and exercises.

     Transferable skills are assessed principally by a variety of coursework tasks, including written reports and essays, group-work, designs, oral presentations and posters.

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