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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Materials Engineering (only available in the 2nd semester) - EMT1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE181T
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to allow students to develop competences and skills in the theory, properties and behaviour of engineering materials. It will teach students the theory, structure, properties, behaviour and application of engineering materials in various engineering fields. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and apply fundamental scientific theories and mathematical formulae to solve simple problems relating to structures of materials. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Upon completion of this module student should be gain the competency to identify and evaluate, formulate and solve process related theory and structures of engineering materials.
Chemical Plant III (Module B) - CHP3602
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T
Purpose: Steam plant; cooling towers; reactors; auxiliary equipment: valves, pumps and compressors.
Chemical Environmental Engineering IV (Project) - CEE4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: AQC4701 & SWT4701 & WTC4701
Purpose: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the application of engineering principles in diagnosing and solving broadly defined engineering problems. For these projects, it will be necessary to conduct investigations, research and/ or experiments. It will be important to demonstrate the impact of this engineering project on the society, economy, industrial and physical environment. By the end of this course, the student would be able to apply engineering principles in solving broadly defined engineering problems and to evaluate its impact on the environment, society and economy.
Separation Principles II - SEP4701
Honours Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CEM4702
Purpose: The aim of this module is to deepen the student's knowledge of separation principles by focussing on multicomponent mixture distillation, multicomponent gas absorption/stripping, extraction, crystallization and multiple -effect evaporation operations. Efficient short-cut methods for multi-components separations will be explored and thereafter the principles behind accurate numerical solution procedures for multicomponent distillation and absorption/stripping processes will be briefly introduced. The basic design principles and optimal process stages of multiple stage evaporation and crystallization processes will be considered. The knowledge obtained in this course will assist students with troubleshooting, optimization and designing of a complex separation systems in a chemical plant.
Process Safety and Environmental Engineering (only available in the 2nd semester) - PSE1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to ensure students realize the importance of safety and environmental aspects in the design and operation of chemical plants. Students will be introduced to the concepts and tools that are used to assess and improve the safety and environmental performance of a chemical process. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Successful completion of this module will allow students to develop competencies required to identify process safety hazards and environmental issues in the chemical industry and implement preventative and corrective measures.
Chemical Process Design: Principles III - CPD3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CEM2601 or CHF1501 Co-requisite: CEM321B or CES2601
Purpose: Introduction to process design principles and codes; Plant layout; Selecting materials of construction; Construction details of: distillation columns, dryers, evaporators, Shell and tube heat exchanger design. Economics aspects in process design: capital cost estimation; economic evaluation of projects.
Chemical Engineering Technology IV: Fluid Flow (Module A) - CEM4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Revision: Flow patterns; Newton's law; Non-Newtonian behaviour; Boundary layer; Energy relationships and Bernoulli equation; Momentum changes in fluid motion. Pressure head; Flow per unit area; Compressible and incompressible fluids; Flow of incompressible Newtonian f luids in pipes and channels: Flow patterns in pipes Pressure drop, friction factor and Reynold's number; Calculation of Pressure drop in fittings and curved pipes; Non-circular pipes; Velocity distribution: turbulent and laminar flow; Types of flow as a function of velocity gradient; Flow in open channels; Flow of incompressible Non-Newtonian fluids in pipes: Flow of general time independent non-Newtonian fluids : Laminar and turbulent pressure drops; Pressure drop in pipes for Bingham plastics; Power law fluids: flow and velocity distribution, expansion and contraction losses; Pumping of liquids: Pumps and pumping revisited; System heads; Centrifugal pumps: relations, series and parallel; Positive displacement pumps; Efficiencies; Pump selection; Control valves and pressure; Mixing of liquids in tanks: Mixers and mixing; Types of agitators; Dimensionless groups for mixing; Power curves; Scale up; Purging of stirred tank systems; Flow of compressible fluids in conduits: Energy relationships and equations of state; Ideal gas flow in a horizontal pipe: Isothermal. Non-isothermal, adiabatic (with a constriction); Velocity of propagation of a pressure wave; Compressors; Flow of two phase gas liquid mixtures in pipes: Flow patterns; Pressure drop by the Lockhart and Martinelli method when both; phases are turbulent; Flow measurement: Fluid pressure (static and impact); Measurement of fluid flow (pitot tube, meter nozzle, venturi, orifice, etc); Fluid flow through packed beds; Fluidisation; Unsteady State Flow.
Separation Principles IIB - SPP3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The aim of this module is to deepen the students' knowledge of separation principles by focussing on multicomponent gas absorption/stripping, extraction, crystallization and multiple-effect evaporation operations. Efficient short-cut methods for multi-components separations will be explored and thereafter the principles behind accurate numerical solution procedures for multicomponent distillation and absorption/stripping processes will be briefly introduced. The basic design principles and optimal process stages for multiple stage evaporation and crystallization processes will be considered. This module is part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. The knowledge obtained in this course will assist students with troubleshooting, optimisation and designing of a complex separation systems in a chemical plant.
Chemical Engineering Design (Offered from 2022) - CED3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CEF1501, CEF2601 Co-requisite: CET2601, SPP2601, REE2601, CPT2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to give students an appreciation of the various design decisions and the key steps involved in carrying out a process design. Students will learn how to prepare and present process flow diagrams and other necessary documentation necessary for design. Students will learn to select, size and estimate the cost of typical chemical engineering equipment. Students will also learn how to estimate the capital and operating costs of the plant and will also be introduced to methods used for economic evaluation of projects. Students will also be made aware of the environmental issues and safety aspects related to the design of processes. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques I (Offered from 2021) - CPT2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: EUP1501
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to give students an introduction to computational tools that are used to numerically formulate and solve chemical engineering problems. In the first part of the module, students will learn advanced skills on how to use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) as a mathematical modelling and simulation tool for process engineers. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to use VBA macro programming and Excel developer tools to develop process engineering modelling tools that are easy to share and use amongst chemical engineers in the industry. The module form part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Chemical Engineering Technology IV: Heat and Mass (Module B) - CEM4702
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Revisit basic heat transfer: Applied conduction: 1-D steady-state; Conduction through cylindrical pipes and multiple cylindrical shells; Radial conduction through spheres; Multi-dimensional heat conduction; Radiation: Ideal radiators; Non-Ideal radiators; Radiation Exchange; Heat transfer by radiation: Laws, radiation from real surfaces, radiation combined with convection and conduction; Convection II: Fundamentals: heat transfer coefficient and evaluation thereof; Boundary layer energy transfer mechanism, Nusselt modulus, dimensional analysis; Forced convection inside tubes and ducts: Effect of Reynolds number and Prandtl number, laminar flow and turbulent flow; Forced convection over exterior surfaces: Flow over bluff bodies; cylinders and spheres and tubes in bundles, application to heat exchangers; Heat transfer with change of phase: Boiling, condensation, freezing and melting; Mass Transfer: Fundamentals of mass transfer: Mass transfer operations, molecular diffusion in fluids, coefficients, analogies between heat, mass and momentum transfer, Simultaneous mass and heat transfer, equilibrium, diffusion between phases, material balances.
Solid Waste Treatment (Chemical) IV - SWT4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Students will be introduced to solid waste treatment concepts. These include properties of solid waste, hazardous waste treatment, air combustion, incineration, wet air oxidation, physical treatment processes, sedimentation, filtration, wastewater treatment, adsorption, ion exchange, water plant residual management and landfill sit design and management.
Chemical Engineering Fundamentals IIB (Offered from 2021) - CEF2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CEF1501, CHE181T
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to equations of state, such as the ideal gas law and thermodynamic laws, in particular, the principle of conservation of energy. Students completing this module will acquire the skills required in application of these concepts and laws to formulating and solving energy balance problems and combined material and energy balances in chemical engineering situations.
Workplace- based Learning: Chemical Engineering (Offered from 2021) - CWL3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 60
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ENG1503, EUP1501, MAT1514, CHE181T & CHE1PRA, MAT1581, DRC1501, CEF1501, CEF2601, EMT1501, PSE1501, ORC2601 & ORC2PRA, MAT2691, TPH2601, CET2601, REE2601, SPP2601, ENM2601, CPT2601, CEP2601 Co-requisite: PRC3601, MPP3601, CED3601, CEP3601
Purpose: Work-integrated learning refers to that component of coᆳoperative education that can only be conducted through a suitable and approved employer. This training provides students with an opportunity to apply their technical knowledge to relevant problem situations in industry, and to gain exposure to typical organizational culture, human relations and working conditions. With suitable guidance and supervision, the students will be taught to work independently and to develop an awareness of the ethics and requirements of industry. The students therefore have the opportunity to develop their talents and to equip themselves to take up their place as a citizen of this country by contributing to the well- being of society. Students would need to secure a placement in a chemical plant for a minimum period of six months. This module forms part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Chemical Engineering Practicals III - CEP3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
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Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable students to define and conduct laboratory and pilot plant experiments of broadly-defined problems in the fields of fluid flow, separarions, thermodynamics, reaction engineering and process control. Student will also gain exposure to working in teams. This module forms part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. The competencies acquired from this module contribute to the development of skills in experimental investigation.
Applied Thermodynamics (only available in the 2nd semester) - TDA3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable the students to apply thermodynamics to solve a broad range of engineering problems. The students will develop a good understanding of heating cycles, refrigeration cycles, gas turbines, steam turbines, expansion and compression of gases and steam cycles such as the Rankine cycle for electricity generation. Students will also be able to analyse and evaluate the efficiency of these various cycles and systems. This module is part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. The module emphasizes understanding rather than memorising, in order to stimulate creative thinking and the development of innovative skills amongst students in the field of thermodynamics.
Chemical Engineering Technology II (Practical) - CEMPRA2
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHF2601or CEM2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to relevant problem situations in the Chemical Industry, and to gain exposure to laboratory work, and fundamentals of chemical engineering technology, including mass balances, the fundamentals of fluid flow and related basic knowledge in chemical engineering (e.g. distillation, absorption, pipe fittings, etc.)
Work Directed Theoretical Learning: Chemical Engineering (Offered from 2021) - CWL3602
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 60
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Pre-requisite: ENG1503, EUP1501, MAT1514, CHE181T & CHE1PRA, MAT1581, DRC1501, CEF1501, CEF2601, EMT1501, PSE1501, ORC2601 & ORC2PRA, MAT2691, TPH2601, CET2601, REE2601, SPP2601, ENM2601, CPT2601, CEP2601
Purpose: Work-integrated learning refers to that component of co-operative education that can only be conducted through a suitable and approved employer /institution. This training provides students with an opportunity to apply their technical knowledge to relevant problem situations in industry, and to gain exposure to typical organizational culture, human relations and working conditions.
Chemical Engineering IV (Practical) - CHE4PRA
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CPD4701, CEM4701, CEM4702 & CEM4703 or SEP4701
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to relevant problem situations in the Chemical Industry, and to gain exposure to laboratory work, and fundamentals of chemical engineering technology, including the fundamentals of fluid flow (e.g. fluid friction) and related basic knowledge in chemical engineering (e.g. distillation, absorption, heat exchanger, ion exchange resin, ball mill, sedimentation, etc.).
Transport Phenomena II (only available in the 2nd semester) - TPH3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the basic principles of fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer, in order to apply these principles in solving practical problems. Elements of fluid flow, heat transfer and mass tranfer are present in nearly all process equipment, and thus it is important for all students of chemical engineering to master the fundamentals of these transport phenomena. This module is a part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering qualification. The module provideds students with the engineering methods and tools to design chemical engineering unit operations.
Chemical Engineering Technology III (Module A) (Practical) - CEMPRA3
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: TRP2601 or CEM311A
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to relevant problem situations in the Chemical Industry, and to gain exposure to laboratory work, and fundamentals of chemical engineering technology, including the fundamentals of fluid flow (e.g. fluid friction) and related basic knowledge in chemical engineering (e.g. distillation, absorption, heat exchanger, ion exchange resin, ball mill, sedimentation, etc.).
Mineral Processing Principles (Offered from 2021) - MPP3601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601 Co-requisite: SPP2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce the fundamental principles of the various mineral separations principles to students. It is essential for students to have a fundamental understanding of the important unit operations used for separation in the mineral processing industry. This course covers gravity concentration, fluidization, dense medium separation, flotation, magnetic separation, electrical sorting and leaching. The knowledge obtained in this module will enable students to assess, analyse and dimension, mineral processing unit operations. This module is the part of Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Chemical Process Design IV: Equipment Design (Module A) - CPD4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CEM4702 & CEM4703 or SEP4701
Purpose: Heat exchanger design: Double pipe; Shell and tube; Plate heat exchangers. Distillation column design: Sieve trays; Valve trays; Packed columns.
Water Treatment (Chemical) IV - WTC4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Water Treatment (Chemical) IV is the heart of environmental engineering program. The module introduces the student to different application and uses of multidisciplinary subjects such as Chemistry, Fluid Flow and Unit Operations. The module describes and evaluates different techniques used in water treatment, namely Coagulation and Flocculation, Lime Soda Softening, Reverse Osmosis and Nano-filtration, Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration, Disinfection, Chlorination, UV and Ozone, and Biological Treatment.
Chemical Engineering Technology III Module B (Practical) - CEMPRB3
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CES2601 or CEM321B
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to relevant problem situations in the Chemical Industry, and to gain exposure to laboratory work, and fundamentals of chemical engineering technology, including the fundamentals of fluid flow (e.g. fluid friction) and related basic knowledge in chemical engineering (e.g. distillation, absorption, heat exchanger, ion exchange resin, ball mill, sedimentation, etc.).
Process Control III - PCT3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581 Co-requisite: MAT2691
Purpose: Process and instrumentation diagrams II; Instrumentation: Level, pressure and temperature measurement; Control valves; Control: Define process control technology; Open and closed loop control; P, PI, PD and PID control; Feedforward and feedback control; Typical control systems: Cascade control; Ratio control; Selective control; Split-range control; Reactor control; Boiler control; Control systems documentation; Process safety mechanisms: Alarms, safety trips and interlocks; Hazard analyses and operability studies.
Chemical Process Design IV: Plant Design (Module B) - CPD4702
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CPD4701& RTE4701
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to utilize basic technical principles learnt in previous modules and incorporate various other aspects such as economics, safety, environmental and social issues to design a chemical process plant that would meet the specified needs and requirements. Students will also get an opportunity to utilize a process simulation package (such as ASPEN Plus, Chemcad etc.).
Chemical Engineering Practice II - CEP201E
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 60
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CEP101E or CEP2602
Purpose: Option A: Plant operations and troubleshooting: mastering basic operating skills e.g.: ensuring safe conditions and then operating valves, starting motors, turbines, pumps, compressors, conveyors etc; Handling of equipment specific to the operation concerned; Partaking in project work in order to understand the specific nature of projects e.g.: design of piping system; Optimisation of processes; Troubleshooting projects; Loss control: loss control inspections, Safety inspections/audits; Quality audits management; Overall material and energy balance of plant; Schematic diagrams of unit operations; Analysis of design; Environmental assessment. Exposure to the following would be of benefit but is not compulsory: financial management; ROI calculations; Depreciation; Human resources: planning for and the application of human resources; Industrial relations.
Process Control (Offered from 2022) - PRC3601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CEF1501 Co-requisite: CEF2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts underlying control systems and instrumentation equipment that are utilised within the modern industrial process plant. Successful completion of this module will allow students to develop basic competences and skills in the design, selection, installation and operation of process control and instrumentation equipment within a chemicals processing environment. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering. The learners will be equipped with basic skills to enable the safe operation of process plants.
Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques II (only available in the 2nd semester) - CPT3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purposse of this module is to equip the student with numerical techniques so that s/he can select and apply them to solve broadly defined Chemical Engineering problems for which analytical solutions are not possible. Students will also learn how to implement these techniques using computer software. This module is part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. By completing this module the student will be able to use and select appropriate techniques for the prediction and modeling of broadly-defined Chemical engineering problems, with an understanding of the error introduced into such a solution because it is a numerical approximation rather than an exact analytical solution.
Chemical Engineering Practicals I (Offered from 2021) - CEP2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CEF1501 Co-requisite: CEF2601, SPP2601, TPH2601, CET2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge of chemical engineering principles by performing well-defined laboratory and pilot plant experiments in the fields of material and energy conservation, fluid flow, separations, and thermodynamics, and reaction engineering. Student will also gain exposure to working in teams.
Reaction Engineering (Offered from 2021) - REE2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CEF1501, MAT1581, CHE181T Co-requisite: CET2601, MAT2691, CEF2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to basic concepts of chemical reaction engineering. The student will first learn to perform unsteady state material balances, stoichiometric and reaction equilibrium calculations before being introduced to the basics of reaction kinetics that will be applied to derive ideal reactor models. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering. This module will develop competency in the design, analysis and operation of chemical reactors.
Project: Chemical Engineering IV - PCE401C
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CEM4701 & CEM4702 & CPD4701 & CEM4703 or SEP4701 & PCT401C or PRC4701 & RTE4701
Purpose: 1) Finding a suitable research problem; 2) Literature research: find a suitable research problem; 3) Decide on methodology; 4) Collect relevant data or run appropriate experiments; 5) Analyse or diagnose data; 6) Obtain results; 7) Write a progress report; 8) Write a final report; 9) Give an oral presentation.
Chemical Engineering Practice: Work Directed Theoretical Learning I - CEP2602
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 60
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T & CHE1PRA & DCE1501& ENG1503 & EUP1501 & FIC181C & FIC1PRA & MAT1581 & CEM2601or CHF1501& CEMPRA2 & CHF2601 or CPI2601& ENP291Q & ENP2PRA & INC251U & INC2PR &, MAT2691 & ORC221F & ORC2PRA & PCH241P& PCH2PRA Co-requisite: CEM321B or CES2601& CEMPRA3 &CHP3602 & CPD3601& EMA2601 & TDA3601
Purpose: Work directed theoretical learning refers to practical experience similar to experience which would be gained working in industry. This practical training provides students with an opportunity to apply their technical knowledge to relevant problem situations, and to gain exposure to typical organizational culture, human relations and working conditions. With suitable guidance and supervision, the students will be taught to work independently and to develop an awareness of the ethics and requirements of the working world. The students therefore have the opportunity to develop their talents and to equip themselves to take up their place as citizens of this country by contributing to the well-being of society. Students would be required to attend this particular training at the Chemical Engineering Laboratories, UNISA Science Campus, Florida for a period of six months.
Separation Principles IA (Offered from 2021) - SPP2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CEF1501 Co-requisite: CEF2601
Purpose: The purposeof this module is to introduce the student the fundamental principles of that apply to the separation of chemical mixtures. The separation processes discussed in this module including both equilibrium and dynamic modelling and a brief overview of representative industrial processes. It is essential for students to have a fundamental understanding of the important unit operations used in separation, which they will encounter in chemical industry processes. This course covers ideal binary distillation, single effect evaporation, adsorption, gas absorption/stripping, and drying. The knowledge obtained in this course will assist students with operating and troubleshooting these unit operations in a chemical plant. This module is the part of Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Production Engineering: Chemical Industry IV - PCI401C
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Linear programming; transportation models; integer programming; decision analysis; queuing models; simulation; project management; forecasting; statistical management and sampling.
Chemical Engineering Practicals II (Offered from 2022) - CEP3601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CEP2601, CEF2601, SPP2601 Co-requisite: REE2601, PRC3601, MPP3601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge of chemical engineering principles by performing well-defined laboratory and pilot plant experiments in the fields of fluid flow, separations, thermodynamics, reaction engineering and process control. Student will also gain exposure to working in teams.
Thermodynamics (Applied III) - TDA3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PCH241P
Purpose: Heating and expansion; flow processes; nozzles; refrigeration and cooling; steam; steam generation; steam plant; boiler plant.
Chemical Process Design Principles - PDP3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of the principles and tools that can be utilised for the various stages of process design. In particular emphasis will be placed on the conceptual design stage. Students will be able to utilise systematic methods and tools to generate and screen process flow sheets. These tools include process integration (such as mass and energy integration), pollution prevention and waste minimization. Students will apply optimization techniques to process design problems. The detailed design of the process equipment will also be performed. This module is part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. The competencies contribute to the development of process and product design skills of technologists in Southern Africa, Africa and globally.
Chemical Engineering Fundamentals IA (only available in the 2nd semester) - CEF1501
Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
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Co-requisite: MAT1581, CHE181T
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to chemical engineering calculations, chemical equations and its stoichiometry, and the basic concepts required in material balances. Students completing this module will gain the skills required in the application of these basic chemical engineering concepts to formulate and solve the material balance equation in batch, continuous as well as simple reactive and multistage systems
Chemical Engineering Practice: Work Directed Theoretical Learning I - CEP3602
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 60
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T & CHE1PRA & DCE1501& ENG1503 & EUP1501& FIC181C & FIC1PRA & MAT1581& CEM2601 or CHF1501 & CEMPRA2 & CHF2601 or CPI2601 & ENP291Q & ENP2PRA & INC251U & INC2PRA & MAT2691& ORC221F & ORC2PRA & PCH241P & PCH2PRA Co-requisite: CEP2602 or CEP101E & CEM321B or CES2601& CEMPRA3 & CHP3601 & CPD3601& EMA3602 & TDA3601
Purpose: Work directed theoretical learning refers to practical experience similar to experience which would be gained working in industry. This practical training provides students with an opportunity to apply their technical knowledge to relevant problem situations, and to gain exposure to typical organizational culture, human relations and working conditions. With suitable guidance and supervision, the students will be taught to work independently and to develop an awareness of the ethics and requirements of the working world. The students therefore have the opportunity to develop their talents and to equip themselves to take up their place as citizens of this country by contributing to the well-being of society. Students would be required to attend this particular training at the Chemical Engineering Laboratories, UNISA Science Campus, Florida for a period of six months.
Thermodynamics (Chemical Engineering III) - TDC3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PCH241P
Purpose: Basic concepts and definitions in thermodynamics; the first law of thermodynamics; properties of real and ideal gases; heat effects; the second and third laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic relationships; thermodynamic properties of mixtures; introduction to adsorption.
Process Design Project (only available in the 2nd semester) - PDP3702
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable the student to apply scientific and engineering principles that they have learnt in previous modules to the design of chemical processes. The student should be able to perform full process mass and energy balances for a given flowsheet with allowance for chemical reaction, separation, heat exchange or other unit process. Student will size and cost various equipment, quantity the environmental impact of the process and incorporate safety and health issues into the design.
Chemical Engineering Practice I - CEP101E
Diploma Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 60
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T & CHE1PRA & DCE1501 & ENG1503 & EUP1501 & FIC181C & FIC1PRA & MAT1581 & CEM2601or CHF1501 & CEMPRA2 & CHF2601or CPI2601 & MAT2691 Co-requisite: CEM321B or CES2601 & CEMPRA3 & CHP3602 & CPD3601 & EMA2602 & TDA3601
Purpose: Safety training as required for the specific workstation; Process monitoring: taking readings and entering logsheets, monitoring readings against standard operating conditions, assisting in instrument calibrations, tasks as required for good housekeeping; Exposure to laboratory work such as: routine distillations, specific gravity, viscosity, ash and moisture determinations, titrations and saponification numbers, gas analysis; Flow diagrams of plants, piping systems- symbols and specifications; Elementary mass balances; Report writing.
Separation Principles I - CES2601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CHF1501 & CHF2601 Co-requisite: TRP2601 & CEMPRB3
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to fundamental principles that apply to the separation of chemical mixtures. The separation processes discussed in this module including both equilibrium and dynamic modeling and a brief overview of representative industrial processes. It is essential for students to have fundumentals understanding of the important unit operations used in separation, which they will encounter in chemical industry processes. The course covers ideal binary distillation, single effect evaporation, absorbtion, gas absorption/stripping, and drying. The knowledge obtained in this course will assist students with operating and troubleshooting these unit operations in the chemical plant.
Transport Phenomena IA (Offered from 2021) - TPH2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CEF1501 Co-requisite: CEF2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable the student to apply the basic principles of fluid mechanics to solve practical problems. The student will also be equipped with sound knowledge of the fundamentals of mass transfer operations, understanding of molecular diffusion in fluids and know how to evaluate mass transfer coefficients. In this module, students will also gain sound knowledge of the basic heat transfer phenomena, which includes an analysis of heat conduction, concepts of heat convection and basic radiative heat transfer
Advanced Process Control - PRC3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this Advanced Process Control course is to enable students to develop process models and analyse the dynamic behaviour of these models. The design and analysis of feedback control systems will be presented.Furthermore, advanced process control methods will be discussed. This module forms part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Students will develop skills that enable the safe and profitable operation of modern processes while satisfying the plant quality standards.
Chemical Engineering Fundamentals I - CHF1501
Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE181T & MAT1581
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to chemical engineering calculations, chemical equations and its stoichiometry and the basic concepts required in the material balances. Students completing this module will gain skills required in the application of these basic chemical engineering concepts to formulate and solve the material balance equation in batch, continuous as well as simple reactive and multistage systems. The module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering. The module lays the foundation for subsequent chemical engineering modules and introduces the student to basic engineering problem-solving skills.
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Offered from 2021) - CET2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to thermodynamic laws and other basic concepts of chemical thermodynamics. It will also provide students with the relevant theory required in application of these laws and concepts to solve thermodynamic related problems in practical cases. The emphasis of the module will be on problem solving. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Students will discover that the network of equations learnt in thermodynamics will find application in a wide range of science and engineering problems which a chemical engineer will have to cope with in the industry.
Transport Phenomena I - TRP2601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MAT1581 & CHF1501 or CEM2601 Co-requisite: CHF2601 or CPI2601(Only applicable to NDENG)
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable the student to apply basic principles of fluid mechanics to solve practical problems. The student will also be equipped with sound knowledge of the fundamentals of mass transfer operations, understanding of molecular diffusion in fluids and know how to evaluate mass transfer coefficients. In this module students will also gain sound knowledge of the basic heat transfer phenomena, which includes an analysis of heat conduction, concepts of heat convection and basic radiative heat transfer. This module is part of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Process Control IV - PRC4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: MAT3700
Purpose: The process of this process control module is to enable students to develop process models and analyse the dynamic behaviour of these models. The design and analysis of feedback control systems will be presented. Furthermore, advanced process control methods will be discussed. Students will develop skills that enable the safe and profitable operation of modern processes while satisfying the plant quality standards. This module forms part of the Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering.
Drawing: Chemical Engineering I - DCE1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Drawing equipment; SA standard code of drawing: SABS; lettering (letters, numerals & symbols); sketching or free-hand drawing; practical geometry; basic loci and simple mechanisms; conic sections; orthographic projection; isometric and oblique projection; auxiliary views; lines of interpenetration; surface development; sketches: chemical plant; pipe drawings.
Chemical Engineering Fundamentals II - CHF2601
Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T& MAT1581 & (CHF1501or CEM2601)
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to equations of state, such as the ideal gas law and thermodynamic laws, in particular, the principle of conservation of energy. Students completing this module will acquire the skills required in application of these concepts and laws to formulating and solving energy balance problems and combined material and energy balances in chemical engineering situations.
Applied Chemical Principles (only available in the 2nd semester) - ACH3701
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide students with the competencies to analyse and evaluate a range of problems in traditional areas as well as contemporary fields of chemical engineering using fundamental scientific principles. The knowledge obtained in this module will enable the students to define and apply key chemical concepts, theories and relationships in relation to chemical process analysis. This module is part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering.
Advanced Reaction Engineering - REE3701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module aims to illustrate chemical reaction engineering principles and applications in process and product development. These include but are not limited to the evaluation of reaction rates from mechanisms and experimental data, qualification of pertinent transport, flow and mixing effects and the design of heterogeneous reactors. This module forms part of the Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering. On completion of this module students will develop competencies in the design of chemical reactors via synthesis of chemical kinetics, transport phenomena, and mass and energy balances.
Drawing: Chemical Engineering IA - DRC1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to drawing techniques and dimensioning. Students completing this module will gain basic skills required for engineering communication with the aid of drawings. They will learn the basics of sketching, dimensioning, pictorial and orthographic drawing.
Chemical Plant III (Module A) - CHP3601
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T
Purpose: Materials; corrosion; water and wastewater treatment; air pollution; solid waste management and environmental legislation
Air Quality Control (Chemical) IV - AQC4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Identify the constituents of the Atmosphere, Climate and structure of the Atmosphere. Define air pollution, its causes and consequences. Describe the various types of air pollutants their causes and consequences in the atmosphere. Contributions of air pollution on climate change and global warming.
Reactor Technology IV - RTE4701
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CEM4702
Purpose: Mole balances: Definition of rate of reaction; General mole balance equation; Batch reactors, continuous-flow, continuous-stirred tank reactor, tubular reactor, industrial reactors; Conversion and reactor sizing: Definition of conversion; Design equations; Batch and flow systems; Applications of the design equations; Reactors in series; Rate laws and stoichiometry. Collection and analysis of rate data: Batch reactor data: Differential method of rate analysis, internal method, least-squares analysis; Experimental design: Finding the rate law, experimental planning. Isothermal reactor design: Design structure for isothermal reactor: Batch operation, design of CSTRs, tubular reactors; Pressure drop in reactors: pressure drop and the rate law, flow through a packed bed, pressure drop in pipes; Reversible reactions. Multiple reactions: Conditions for maximizing the desired product in parallel reactions; Maximizing the desired product in series reactions. Non-isothermal: Energy balance; Nonisothermal continuous reactors at steady state; Equilibrium conversions; Multiple steady states. Catalysis and catalytic reactors: Catalysts: Definitions, catalyst properties; Steps in a catalytic reaction, synthesizing rate law, mechanism, rate-limiting step; Design of reactors for gas-solids reactions: Heterogeneous data analysis for reactor design; Distributions of residence times for chemical reactors.