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CHEG6001 Professional Aspects of Chemical Engineering

Module Overview

This module is designed to enhance your understanding of what it means to be a Professional Chemical Engineer.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Management techniques and practices, and business techniques, including project and change management, that may be used to achieve engineering objectives, their limitations, and how they may be applied appropriately.
  • The means to assess the environmental and safety aspects of chemical processing and operations.
Engineering practice

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain relevant legal, regulatory, and ethical frameworks which Chartered Engineers must operate.
  • Explain relevant commercial, social and environment contexts, constraints, and challenges faced by Chartered Engineers.
  • Describe and explain the application of relevant practises related to business (including risk evaluation and management, budgeting and financial management), management (including project and people management) and leadership (including change management).
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the health and safety risks associated with Chemical Engineering practices and the legal context of risk assessment.
  • Critically evaluate real-world professional engineering scenarios (e.g. in terms of ethics, risk, sustainability and legal compliance) and potential solutions.


Ethics, sustainability and management • Business and management techniques, project, people and change management, budgeting and finances. • Risk evaluation and management • Ethical engineering (honesty, integrity, respect for: law, life and the environment) • Sustainability - environmental impacts and the associated legal frameworks, engineering design for sustainability within the prevailing economic and social context. Safety • Application of HSE as an inherent part of process plant design and the procedures for its implementation. • Reflection on Incidents, which have been significant in achieving changes in culture from both safety and environmental viewpoints. • Explore present-day requirements of engineering for safety and the environment, including the methodology for establishing necessary criteria, implementation and monitoring, verification and validation of safety systems, and responsibility for auditing.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This is a two-semester course. Some of these will be held in CLS workstation rooms to facilitate computer tutorial sessions, others will take the form of group workshop. Ethics and Business Practice: This will be taught through lectures, augmented with discussions. External speakers will illustrate issues using real world experience. Safety: This will be taught through lectures, enhanced with discussions and seminar classes. As well as practical elements for fire safety training Independent study as required to study the online material and to complete the rest of the coursework.

Practical classes and workshops14
Independent Study60
Completion of assessment task50
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 50%
Case study report 20%
Coursework portfolio 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 50%
Case study report 20%
Coursework portfolio 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 50%
Case study report 20%
Coursework portfolio 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Chemical Engineering version of ISVR6147

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