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Most courses at University of South Wales have the following minimum language requirements. We advise you always check the exact entry requirements before apply to any course, don't forget we are always on hand to help.
You need to have completed a Bachelor's program in engineering or medicine or a Master's program in any other field.
AABat A Level including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.
If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0).
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the Universitys entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.
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In organic chemistry, the focus is on the element carbon. The chemistry of carbon compounds is central to all living organisms. However, thousands of nonliving things (such as drugs, plastics and dyes) are also carbon compounds. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structure, bonding, functional groups and the basic language of chemical change. You'll have the opportunity to enhance your learning in a designated block of practical exercises (this element of the coursework is worth 20% of the module mark), which also helps you to develop your hands-on practical skills. Assessment is by coursework and exam.
This module gives you an introduction to five key areas in physical chemistry: 1. Ideal and real gases and how temperature, pressure and volume affect the properties of individual gas molecules. 2. Energy changes in chemical reactions and physical processes. 3. Aqueous equilibria involving acids, bases, salts and buffer solutions. 4. Factors influencing the rate of a reaction such as reactant concentration, temperature and catalysts. 5. Applications and properties of catalysts. Lectures are backed up by a series of laboratory exercises. Assessment is via a combination of coursework (practicals, multiple choice question test and assignment) and an end of module exam.
This module introduces you to the industrial manufacture of important chemicals and prepares you to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical systems. It also lays the foundation for subsequent courses in unit operations and chemical reaction engineering. It introduces the principles of operation and analysis of operations in chemical processes and the use of computer software packages including chemical engineering simulation software.
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of fluid flow and heat transfer with emphasis on practical design and rating calculations. Youll have the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of heat transfer mechanisms and their application to the design of heat exchanger technologies. Youll also have the chance to explore a range of concepts concerned with flow through pipes and piping equipment including, flow regimes, friction in pipe flows and measuring fluid flow rates. This module also enables you to develop an important foundation for the study of transport phenomena later in the course. Assessment is by coursework, in-class test and exam.
This module covers two distinct areas of learning relevant to chemical engineers: (i) practical chemical engineering laboratory skills; and (ii) an introduction to the chemistry of the elements. The chemical engineering laboratory component of the module gives you the opportunity to engage with the practical laboratory skills in a chemical engineering context. You'll have the chance to learn the skills of safe laboratory practice; data recording, analysis, presentation and interpretation; practical application of fundamental chemical engineering knowledge; and basic technical report writing skills. The inorganic chemistry component of the module introduces you to the chemistry of the elements. Starting with the earliest known chemical events in the universe, this module discusses the elements, their origin, structure and properties before looking at the structure and bonding in and reactions of chemical compounds. The module also encompasses a number of areas of (mostly) main group chemistry including, but not limited to, the constituents of the earth's crust and the chemistry of the atmosphere.
The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques to support the engineering modules.
Building on Physical Chemistry I, youll study the behaviour of electrolyte solutions. This is followed by both equilibrium and dynamic electrochemistry and electrochemical processes. The second law of thermodynamics will be applied to chemical systems, describing the driving forces for reactions and the factors controlling chemical equilibria and phase equilibria. Colligative properties of solutions will be covered, as will the properties of colloidal systems. A major practical component is included to illustrate these topics. The module is assessed by exam (and coursework.
This module develops a basic understanding of key mass transfer unit operations of distillation and absorption, including skills for the calculations of binary distillation, and absorption processes. The module provides an introduction to these separation processes based on the principles of mass transfer theory. Methods of operation, phase equilibria and separating agents are also examined. Overall, the module provides the basis for the building of simple mathematical models to represent the operation of the key mass transfer-based separation processes.The module also develops fundamental concepts in transport phenomena and process development, building on earlier modules in fluid flow and heat transfer. Transport phenomena is principally concerned with the unified study of three physical transport processes: momentum, heat and mass transfer. These processes are closely aligned because they often occur together, are described by closely related equations, rely on the principle of conservation (of mass, energy and momentum) and have similar underlying molecular mechanisms. This module develops a physical picture of laminar and turbulent flow and its implications for transport processes.
This module provides the knowledge and understanding of chemical engineering design in practice mainly in the aspects of process design. It also extends the use of essential chemical engineering design tools for process simulation.
This module gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills for the design and analysis of chemical and biochemical reactors, building on key concepts of reaction kinetics and basic reactor design introduced in the first year. It also enables you to acquire the further skills needed for the solution of complex problems encountered in the process industries. The effects of non-ideal flow conditions and fixed or fluidized bed catalytic reactors are also covered. The module is assessed by practical work, coursework and an examination.
This module aims to provide you with an introduction to fluid and particle mechanics, methods of solid-liquid and solid-gas separation. It covers the basic concepts related to particle-fluid motion and solid handling including size analysis. It also describes principles of sedimentation, filtration, elutriation, flow of fluids through packed beds of solid particles, fluidized bed, mixing and mixer design. The module is assessed by coursework and an examination.
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In this module youll have the opportunity to learn about important concepts in process chemistry, including carbonyl chemistry, retrosynthetic analysis, heterocyclic compounds and the synthesis of biologically important compounds such as carbohydrates. These reactions and theories are explored using established industrial processes as examples. Assessment of the module will involve the critical analysis of an industrial multi-step fine chemical manufacturing process, synthesis of complex organic molecules and isolation of optically pure compounds and an examination.
The module aims to provide you with an introduction to the major classes of manufacturing system, from small batch production to mass production, together with consideration of relevant production technology issues and the requirements for system organisation and management. It considers the essential aspects that are required to be addressed in successfully managing a manufacturing enterprise with an emphasis on operations and systems management - emphasis is given to aspects such as, machines, tooling, facilities layout and labour requirements. A group "enterprise" project, supported by an appropriate lecture programme, provides an opportunity for you to relate your knowledge to a realistic business scenario and gain experience of team working, report writing and presentation.
This optional placement year gives you the opportunity to experience employment within an organisation related to your chosen course. The placement is usually 48 weeks in duration. Placements may be available both within the UK and abroad.
This module, together with Design Project 2, provides you with the experience of the design of a process from the conceptual stage through to detailed design. It applies and integrates chemical engineering skills acquired from other modules and encourages a creative approach to chemical engineering design. It gives you experience of working in a team and also the presentation of technical material in extended written reports and orally. Together with module Design Project 2, it covers material related to systems aspects of chemical engineering including process integration, life cycle assessment for sustainability, management and engineering ethics. The module covers the initial design proposal and the individual detailed design, assessed through group and individual reports and moderated peer- and self-assessments.
This Design Project 2 module is designed to complement the Design Project 1 module and covers consolidated design, group presentation, individual oral examination and supervisor assessment,and supervisor-evaluated teamwork. It utilises taught and examined material covering process integration, management and engineering ethics.
This module enables you to develop the key knowledge and understanding of process control and engineering approaches to process safety in the chemical industry. Youll have the opportunity to examine methodologies used in risk and reliability engineering, critically analyse a range of safety principles and equipment, and explore advanced concepts in process control including controller types and stability analysis. Youll also be introduced to specialist chemical engineering simulation software for the dynamic simulation of unsteady state processes and as a powerful tool for process control loop simulation and tuning. Assessment is by exam and coursework.
In this module youll have the opportunity to explore fundamental principles in catalytic reaction engineering and gas-solid catalytic reactors, including the design of tubular fixed-bed reactors and the evaluation catalytic performance from example laboratory data. Youll be encouraged to gain specialist skills and knowledge required to design of complex distillation processes, including distillation sequencing, azeotropic distillation, reactive distillation and distillation of crude oil. Membrane processes and process chromatography are also examined. The module is assessed by coursework and examination.
This module encourages you to develop your knowledge and understanding of sustainable development in industrial systems, and to provide approaches to design and assess for sustainability. The module also encompasses large-scale experimental work relevant to industrial practice in relation to sustainability. It aims to introduce the concepts of sustainability and carbon and water footprints and provide an overview renewable energy processes and carbon capture technologies. It also examines selected examples in detail, looks at process integration methodologies in design for sustainability and introduces techno-economic and life cycle assessments. The module also enables you to gain experience in experimental group work involving large scale equipment relevant to the technologies, industries and methodologies introduced in the module. Assessment is by coursework and examination.
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This module draws together the basic concepts of synthesis and reaction mechanisms in the context of providing methods for designing synthetic routes to target compounds. Youll be able to learn how to differentiate between competing reaction mechanisms. Youll also be introduced to contemporary preparative methods for the synthesis of organic compounds. The module will be assessed via coursework and an examination.
This module aims to provide you with in-depth knowledge about elements of various energy conversion systems, their designs and conditions for efficient operation. Youll be supported in gaining skills in how to analyse and design components of these energy conversion systems.
Engineers have a responsibility to ensure that they deliver projects on time and within budget. With this in mind this module covers the scheduling of project activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and the costs required for undertaking successful projects. Youll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. To support this youll be introduced to project management software used by industry. The module also includes total quality management, introducing tools and techniques such as statistical process control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.Youll explore how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.
This module is designed to develop fundamental concepts in process development, building on earlier modules in fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transfer, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. It gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of related issues concerning the environment and sustainability. Process development is principally concerned with the successful scale up of chemical synthesis and is situated at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering. It requires an awareness of various physicochemical principles and influencing factors such as reaction rate, selectivity, solvent effects on reactions, mixing effects and multiphase processing. This module examines systematic approaches to process development. The effects of physical processing conditions on scale up of synthetic process chemistry are also examined, including effects of batch transport phenomena, multiphase systems, mixing effects, batch charging and thermal effects. Examining the impact of engineering activities on the environment and sustainability are essential skills for any chemical engineer. This module extends important foundational ideas covered earlier in the course by focusing on sustainable development, environmental dispersion and waste minimization, including relevant legislation and life cycle analysis.
This module covers various aspects of advanced physical chemistry. Polymers are an industrially important material with applications in clothing, structural materials, coatings, data storage, etc. This module covers aspects of their synthesis and relates their chemical and structural properties to their applications.The properties of surfaces and the interaction of gas molecules with surfaces are covered. Different theories of adsorption will be compared. The kinetics of surface reactions will be related to the mechanism of the reaction. The application of surface science type measurements in developing an understanding of how atoms and molecules adsorb on surfaces will be covered.Central to chemistry is being able to relate observation made in the laboratory to behaviour at the atomistic level and equally to use the interaction of atoms and molecules to derive quantities that can be measured at the macro-level. Thus statistical thermodynamics will be introduced and used to derive fundamental properties.Atomistic modeling also provides a view into the molecular world and after reviewing the fundamentals of quantum mechanics the methods for approximating multi electron systems will be introduced and the applications in computational chemistry explored.The module will provide students with a good knowledge in interfaces and catalysis the principles of theoretical chemistry and further develop problem solving skills, especially to unfamiliar problems.
This module is split into a twelve-week lecture course covering key aspects of advanced process and product design followed by a twelve-week group project to put the theory covered into practice. The lecture course is supported by problem solving tutorials and computing workshops covering advanced process simulation and molecular modelling. During the design project, you'll work in small groups to generate an innovative product/process design to fulfil specific need. This process is supported by regular guided workshops.
The aims of the module are to engage you with independent mastery of technical topics through reading of books and professional body publications, to make you aware of topical professional and technical developments in the evolving discipline and practice of chemical engineering, to enhance your ability to communicate technical material orally and in written formats, and to give you the basis of life-long learning.
A chemically-based independent research programme. Academic supervisors will outline the aims of the project and direct you to the most recent literature. Before undertaking experimentation, you'll be expected to undertake a comprehensive review of the literature related to your project and to evaluate this literature. You'll then have the opportunity to plan your project in light of the current state of the field of research. You'll be given some advice on research methods but will be expected to lead the planning yourself. Your project will be expected to show depth and involve advanced laboratory and instrumental techniques. Your project will also be open ended and you'll be expected to review progress regularly and modify research plans accordingly. Group projects will also be encouraged, though you'll also work independently. You'll be required to outline your research plans via an oral at a mini-conference in the early stages of the project and then present your results, interpretation and conclusions on a poster, which you'll defend at a poster day once the project is completed.
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