PROD230-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Product Properties and Processing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the physical elements relevant to processing of formulations. Students will learn systematic procedures, including drawing and labelling flowchart, for calculating the materials and energy required and key compositions during production. They will be able to use solubility behaviours and phase diagrams to determine the composition of the different parts of formulated products, such as oil and water phases in emulsions.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Draw and label a process flow diagram for a batch or continuous production process
  • Devise a strategy for determining all flows/quantities and compositions at all points in a process flow diagram
  • Determine whether or not all information needed to solve for all flows/quantities and compositions in a process flow diagram is known
  • Apply the solution strategy to solve a range of problems relevant to product formulation
  • Carry out simple calculations to determine the amount of energy input-output that might be required by individual unit operations in a process
  • Perform simple process costing operations by considering opex and capex, and calculate returns
  • Calculate the composition of liquids and gases based upon knowledge of solute-solvent behaviours
  • Use phase diagrams to determine the forms, quantities and compositions of immiscible liquid mixtures such as emulsions
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


CHEM111 and any 15 points at 100 level from MATH or EMTH.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anastassiya Lazareva


Conan Fee


Test 1 (Week 6):       12%
Test 2 (Week 11):     12%
Assignments x 2 (Weeks 3 and 8):     18% and 8%
Tutorial attendance and participation (Weeks 1-12): 10% total  
Final Exam:              40%

Late submissions of assignments are eligible for 50% credit only.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Felder, Richard M. , Rousseau, Ronald W; Elementary principles of chemical processes ; 3rd ed., 2005 ed. with integrated media and study tools; Wiley, 2005.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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 School of Product Design .

All PROD230 Occurrences

  • PROD230-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023