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Abilities, Course-specific Objectives and Mechanisms in the Learning Outcome context of the Chemical Process Design Course.

Chemical Engineering Degree Abilities

Course-Specific Objectives


Industrial Chemistry Specific Abilities (CTQ)

Competencias Específicas de la Química Industrial (CTQ)

CTQ-2:  Ability to analysis, design, simulation and optimization of process and products

Conceptual design of process flowsheet in group project – open ended project for industrial process; synthesis of distillation sequences and heat exchanger networks

Lecture, homework

and project memos

Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

Formulate and solve mass & energy balance and design equations for process flowsheets; formulate equations for process and economic evaluation

Lecture, homework

Ability to design

experiments/interpret data

Empirical shortcut equations for evaluation and sizing; graphical representation of data: compression and refrigeration

Homework and

project memos

General Abilities (CG)

Competencias Generales (CG)

CG-2: Knowledge on basic and technological subjects, to learn new methods and theories, and to gain versatility to adapt new and changing situations.

Mass balances, shortcut design calculations; thermodynamic property relations, interest calculations;

Lecture, homework

Transversal Abilities (CT) & Complementary (CC)

Competencias Trasversales (CT) y Complementarias (CC)

CT-3: Ability to communicate effectively

Three engineering reports required for design project; oral presentation of project

Memos; oral


CT-5: Ability to use modern engineering tools

Excel; AspenPlus, web site

Use in lecture and



CT-9: Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

Design groups for project; informal collaboration on homework


and memos

CT-16:Understanding of ethics

Design project; discussion on safety and environmental issues

Homework and


CT-17: Appreciation and capability for lifelong learning

Understand importance of decision-making with limited information; CRC Handbook, Perry’s Handbook, extensive literature in process technology, web-resources; industrial speakers

Places to find process

information and

properties; talks by

industrial visitors

CT-17: Knowledge of contemporary issues

CO2 management; excerpts from chemical engineering magazines on processing technology and economic market; industrial speakers

Discussions in lecture

CT-26: Ability to understand impact of engineering in a global/societal context

Design project related to energy issue: economic and environmental impact

Homework and


CC-1: Develop Intuition

Question orders of magnitude, signs, trends, cause-effect relationships.

Lecture and





Module 1.-Introduction

  • Lecture 1. Introduction to the chemical process design course
  • Lecture 2. Introduction to process design


Module 2.- Generation, analysis and evaluation of preliminary designs

  • Lecture 3. Overview of processes synthesis
  • Lecture 4. Chemical product design
  • Lecture 5. Introduction to sustainable design
  • Lecture 6. Analysis by mass and energy linear balances
  • Lecture 7. Equipment sizing and costing
  • Lecture 8. Economic Evaluation


Module 3.- Basic concepts in process synthesis

  • Lecture 9. Process Synthesis: Distillation Sequences
  • Lecture 10. Process Synthesis: Heat Exchangers Network Synthesis (HENS)


Module 4.- Batch processes

  • Lecture 11: Design and scheduling of batch processes.



  • 7 Homework. Individual work
  • 3 Project Memos and Oral presentation. Group work
  • 2 Seminars of professional from industry




Copyright 2014, por los autores de los cursos. Cite/attribute Resource. Fuente, J. R. V., Fuente, J. R. V. (2011, July 08). Programa. Retrieved July 24, 2017, from OCW Universidad de Cantabria Web site: http://ocw.unican.es/ensenanzas-tecnicas/procesos-quimicos-de-fabricacion/programa. Esta obra se publica bajo una licencia Creative Commons 4.0. Creative Commons 4.0