ENCH396-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Chemical Engineering Separations 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Chemical engineering separation operations including distillation, evaporation, humidification/dehumidification, drying, gas absorption, filtration, centrifugation and crystallisation.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the value and context of separation processes.
  • Understand the fundamental phenomena utilized in separation processes.
  • Develop skills for identifying the key separation problem and developing effective solutions.
  • Understand and analyse specific separation processes including distillation, gas absorption etc.
  • Select appropriate separation techniques for chemical processing.
  • Relate fundamental separation phenomena to equipment design and operation.
  • Carry out design calculations for separation processes.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matthew Cowan


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 45%
Assignment 1 04 Mar 2020 10% Washing and Leaching
Assignment 2 23 Mar 2020 15% Crystallization
Assignment 3a 27 Mar 2020 3% Interview Assignment
mid-term test 30 Apr 2020 20% Distillation
Assignment 3b 06 May 2020 7% Interview Assignment

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Seader, J. D. , Henley, Ernest J., Roper, D. Keith; Separation process principles :chemical and biochemical operations ; 3rd ed; Wiley, 2011.

Wankat, Phillip C; Separation process engineering : includes mass transfer analysis ; 3rd ed; Prentice Hall, 2012.


Students with concerns about the course should contact Luke Schneider, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.

General Policies of the Department
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. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and 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 http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

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/

Additional Course Outline Information

Late submission of work

Late submission will result in a zero grade

Requests for extensions

Discuss with Dr Matthew Cowan

Where to submit and collect work

Submit work as hard copies to the physical dropboxes on the 4th floor of the Electrical Link building
Graded work can be collected in class; or from the pick up piles in the 4th floor foyer of the Electrical Link building

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

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 ENCH396 Occurrences

  • ENCH396-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020