Undergraduate study
Engineering

HNC Chemical Engineering

This is a course developed for trainee technicians and engineers, designers and production personnel working in a manufacturing or process environment within the chemical industry.

Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132 or info@cleveland.ac.uk)

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    Reporting on engineering at Teesside University

    A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.

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This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland College. This is a course developed for trainee technicians and engineers, designers and production personnel working in a manufacturing or process environment within the chemical industry. It develops key underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding associated with chemical plant and process plant operations. Throughout the course, a great deal of emphasis is placed on applying newly acquired knowledge and skills within the workplace environment. Teaching and learning methods used include case studies, presentations, projects and discussions as well as practical and laboratory work.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132 or info@cleveland.ac.uk).

Course structure

Core modules

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Heat Transfer and Combustion

This module is intended to develop students’ knowledge of principles and empirical relationships to enable them to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.

Mass and Energy Balances

This is one of the most important modules for you. The main tools employed in the analysis of processes involve the use of balances to look at material and energy flow in to and out of the process.

You look at the concepts of laws of conservation of mass and energy through a process. You develop strategies for setting up and solving mass and energy balance problems related to chemical and biochemical processes. In addition you look at the use of steam tables for solving energy balance problems. You also study the use of recycles, purges and the limits of conversion in selecting reacting systems as complications that must be dealt with.

Mass Transfer Operations

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of basic theories of mass transfer and phase equilibria and to be able to specify and design equipment for distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction and leaching processes.

Project Engineering

This module develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills you learn at work and on the programme to complete a realistic work project.

We integrate the skills and knowledge you develop in other modules on the course within a piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a working engineer.

 

Plus two specialist modules

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

Chemistry for Chemical Engineers

Chemical Engineers should have a basic grounding in chemistry and chemical principles. Aspects of chemistry, particularly physical chemistry, underpin many of the principles in chemical engineering. In this module we introduce these basic principles.

We look at conservation of mass and energy, reaction stoichiometry and an understanding of the first law of thermodynamics, application of stoichiometry and application of the first law to the chemical reaction, definition and use of the first law properties internal energy and enthalpy, and their changes with reactions and the special case of the first law dealt with in Hess’ law.

You examine the second law of thermodynamics - introduction of reversibility and irreversibility and the second law property, entropy, introduction to the second law property at constant temperature and pressure, the Gibbs Free Energy.

We also study simple equations of state for gases, ideal gas laws and basic chemical kinetics - simple first and second law kinetics for elementary reactions.

We begin with a review of fundamental chemical principles, leading on to equations and reaction stoichiometry. Then we focus primarily on thermodynamics and kinetics, with a view to ensuring you are thoroughly conversant with the relevant calculations and their importance in an applied context.

You learn how to:

  • recognise the principle of conservation of mass and energy and its application to chemical manufacture
  • state the laws of thermodynamics and use them to describe reacting systems
  • calculate changes in internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and free energy associated with chemical reactions
  • use appropriate equations to calculate parameters of ideal and non-ideal gases
  • use concentration, time data to determine the order and rate constant for chemical reactions.

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Engineering Thermodynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and their application to engineering thermodynamic systems. It covers system definition, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, heat engine cycles, the measurement of engine performance and the layout and performance of steam plant.

Materials for Chemical Engineers

This module provides you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing, applications and utilisation of engineering materials.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You attend formal lectures and tutorial sessions and carry out laboratory and workshop practical sessions. You also receive guidance throughout the programme.

How you are assessed

You are required to complete two pieces of in-course assessment in each module which can be in the form of written assignments, laboratory reports or time-constrained assessments. In addition, vocation-specific modules carry an end-of-unit examination.


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Career opportunities

This course will help you further develop your career within a process, chemical or manufacturing environment. You can progress towards a degree programme in chemical engineering, which is currently offered at Teesside University. Graduates may also take up employment opportunities within the chemical or process industries.

Entry requirements

To enter Year 1, you're expected to have GCSE English (grade C or above) and good grades in maths, chemistry or physics at Level 3 (for example A level, BTEC ND, ACCESS, IB).

A typical offer might be 160 tariff points including at least grade D in Level 3 maths and chemistry or physics. Key Skills and General Studies don't normally count towards the tariff point requirement.

We consider relevant engineering experience. If you're a mature student with appropriate work experience you may need to do a bridging programme in maths.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132 or info@cleveland.ac.uk)

Contact details

Further information