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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To provide the student with an understanding of a number of key topics in the management of chemical and biochemical processing operations.


Methodologies for the identification, assessment, and control of risks and hazards associated with processing operations, including HAZOP analysis. Costing of chemical & biochemical plants; stages of costing, methods of cost prediction, exponential, factorial etc. Cost updating. Economic evaluation of chemical and biochemical processing projects; pay-back, ROI, NPV, etc. Sensitivity analysis. Plant location and layout: principles and application. Environmental impact assessment of chemical and biochemical production facilities. Industrial sustainability: concepts and practice. Case study of the application of sustainability metrics to chemical and biochemical processing plants.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: Define the categories of hazard and risk for the purposes of identification, evaluation, and control. Analyse and interpret accident case studies. Understand the principles of HAZOP analysis and be able to apply them in practical situations. Estimate the total product cost, including fixed and variable operating costs, for a chemical or biochemical process, and hence the operating profit. Use a range of calculation techniques to evaluate the economic viability of a processing plant. Understand and apply the principles of processing plant location and layout. Possess knowledge of environmental impact assessment for chemical and biochemical processing operations. Understand and apply quantitative sustainability metrics to industrial processes

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Appreciate the key aspects of process managements in relation to costing, health & safety, and sustainability of process plants.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)


How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This module will be taught over a 12 week period through a formal lecturing mode made up of three one-hour sessions per week, one of which may be a tutorial. The module will be assessed by means of a final written exam (100 % of marks).

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Peters, M. S., Timmerhaus, K. D., and West R. E, (2003) Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers, 5th edition , McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Crawley, F., and Tyler, B. (2003) Hazard Identification Methods , IChemE.
Mannan, S. (2005) Lees Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, vol.1, , Elsevier.
Sinnott, R. K. (2005) Chemical Engineering Volume 6: Chemical Engineering Design. 4th edition, , Butterworth-Heinemann.
Tallis, B. (2002) The Sustainability Metrics , IChemE.

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Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Summer - 09/10

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