CHE2873 - Introduction to chemical processes - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chan Eng Seng


Dr Tan Julyy

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit introduces the chemical processes that form the basis of the petrochemical and oleochemical industries. It gives students a flavour of how these chemical processes are developed by combining the knowledge of "chemistry" and "process". Students will develop knowledge and skills in synthesising chemical processes through a mix of lectures, case studies and hands-on experience in operating a pilot plant.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major chemical processes in the petrochemical and oleochemical industry.
  2. Synthesise chemical processes by taking into consideration product quality, process safety, process economics, and sustainability.
  3. Operate a pilot plant and evaluate its process operability, performance, safety and sustainability.


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours of lectures, 3 hours of practice sessions related to case study and lab, and 7 hours of private study.

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