ENCH390-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Process Engineering Design 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This is one of key courses in chemical engineering which covers methods for the quantitative analysis of chemical processes, including process optimisation and curve fitting, process modelling and applications, pinch analysis and sustainability assessment. It also includes a 1-day intensive course analysing why process engineers should engage with iwi and local communities, and some practical and effective guidelines on how to do this.

This is a 34 lecture course which builds on the materials from the 2nd year.
This covers various features and methods for the quantitative analysis and designing of processes. It includes process modelling and applications in process engineering, process optimisation, process and system sustainability assessment, intellectual property, and understanding bicultural aspect in industry and society.

Learning Outcomes

  • By completion of this course, the students are expected to:
  •  Understand and be capable of developing models for chemical process operations.
  •  Understand and be capable of performing optimisations (incl. pinch analysis) for single or multiple
       variables with constraints.
  •  Understand and be capable of securing and not infringing intellectual property.
  •  Understand and be capable of analysing sustainability in process industry.
  •  Understand how process design and operation may be viewed from different cultural perspectives
      and be capable of developing effective methods of engaging with local community and iwi groups.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Heon Park


Daniel Holland and Carlo Carere

In addition to 29 regular lectures,
• there is a tour at chemical plant in CHCH, and a related assignment will be given in modeling part
• the bicultural section (5 lectures) will be taught by five guest lecturers with visiting Maori engineering engagement experts.  The day-long marae visit will involve lectures and discussions sessions primarily run by local iwi, Beca, with assistance from our AVC Māori.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 55%
Assignment 1: Modelling 26 Mar 2021 15%
Assignment 2: Pinch Analysis 28 Apr 2021 5%
Assignment 3: Optimisation 12 May 2021 10%
Assignment 4: Bicultural 03 Jun 2021 15%

Assessment completion and special consideration: Students should submit the assignments on required dates and time. Any delays without approval by the lecturer(s) will incur a penalty with exact mark reduction depending on the days of delay. Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Bird, R. Byron , Stewart, Warren E., Lightfoot, Edwin N; Transport phenomena ; Rev. 2nd ed; J. Wiley, 2007.

Kemp, Ian C; Pinch analysis and process integration : a user guide on process integration for the efficient use of energy ; 2nd ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007.

McCabe, Warren L. , Smith, Julian C., Harriott, Peter; Unit operations of chemical engineering ; Seventh edition ; McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Sankaranarayanan, Krishnan. , Swaan Arons, Jakob de., Kooi, Hedzer van der; Efficiency and sustainability in the energy and chemical industries : scientific principles and case studies ; 2nd ed; Taylor & Francis, 2010.

The materials are to be selected from a number of references and thus only reference books are to be provided in lectures.


Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer or the course coordinator. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet the 2nd year Director. If the matter still cannot be resolved, the student should discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievances/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect, it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

This is one of key courses in chemical engineering, which covers various features and methods for the quantitative analysis and designing of processes. It also includes guidelines for avoiding infringing intellectual property and for considering social implications of process.

Prerequisites: ENCH291; ENCH298

34 lectures and assessments as advised.

Submission of all assignments and exam is mandatory to pass this course.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Course Policies on Collaboration and Cheating
Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged.  
The assignments are mainly a tool to prepare you for the exams. We advise you to try them individually before collaborating in groups.
However, partial or full,  direct copying sources from peer or literature will result in zero mark for the assignment. Students, who shared their findings (raw data, solutions, etc.) in an assingment, will fail this course.

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as special consideration applications, appeal procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar

Assessment and grading system

• Plant tour (9 th or 11th March): visit local chemical plant. Half the class per day, questions in Assignment 1 will be related to the learning on site.

Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.

All assessment marks might be scaled to ensure that a reasonable range of grades is obtained when the University Grading Scale (https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/grading-scale/) is applied.
Students should not rely on their raw marks to estimate the final grade.
At least 40% of the total mark of the exam and a lowest grade of C- are required to pass this course.


Not mandatory but encouraged
Lectures will be video-recorded, and the videos will be available up to two weeks from the lecture time. However, the technical quality of the videos will be not guaranteed.

Where to submit and collect work

Link building, 4th Floor.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENCH390 Occurrences

  • ENCH390-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021