PROD230-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Product Properties and Processing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jane Soons 602 (19/2)
Ernest Rutherford 260 (26/2-25/3, 22/4-27/5)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Meremere 526
19 Feb - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 003 Music
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 West 214 (19/2-25/3, 6/5-27/5)
West 412 Computer Lab (22/4-29/4)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 West 213A
25 Mar - 31 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anastassiya Lazareva

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Assignment 1 (2 weeks to complete, due in Week 5) : 20%
Test (closed-book, 2 hours, Week 6) : 10%
Assignment 2 (1.5 weeks to complete, due in Week 9) : 10%
Assignment 3 (1.5 weeks to complete, due in Week 11) : 10%
Final exam (During exam period) : 40%

Tutorial  attendance and participation : 10%

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 $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* 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

  • PROD230-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024