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Unit Specification
1. GENERAL INFORMATION
Title

Engineering Computation

Unit code

CHEN 10050

Credit rating

10

Level

Contact hours

24

Pre-requisite units

None

Co-requisite units

None

School responsible

CEAS

Member of staff
responsible

Andrew Masters

ECT*

Notional hours of
Learning**

100

2. AIMS
The unit aims to: To provide the background the technical skills required for subsequent chemical
engineering courses in mathematically oriented topics. Engineering applications are to be introduced
where relevant.

3. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIT


Use of Excel spreadsheets (weeks 1 6). Topics covered include:
Entering and manipulating data
Graph plotting
Use of Excel to solve a variety of engineering problems
Programming in MatLab (remainder of unit). Topics include:
Introduction to MatLab
Writing a program
Use of loops, functions and arrays.
Using MatLab to solve a variety of engineering problems

* ECT (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System): There are 2 UK credits
for every 1 ECT credit, in accordance with the Credit Framework (QAA). Therefore if
a unit is worth 30 UK credits, this will equate to 15 ECT.
** Notional hours of learning: The number of hours which it is expected that a
learner (at a particular level) will spend, on average, to achieve the specified
learning outcomes at that level. It is expected that there will be 10 hours of
notional study associated with every 1 credit achieved. Therefore if a unit is worth
30 credits, this will equate to 300 notional study hours, in accordance with the
Credit Framework (QAA).

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Unit Specification
4. INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
Category of
outcome
Knowledge and
understanding

Students should/will (please delete as appropriate) be


able to:

Intellectual skills

Ability to transfer mathematical concepts into a program language.


Ability to read and understand basic scientific programming concepts from
handouts or books

Practical skills

To produce tabular and graphical representations as appropriate. To became


familiar with scientific software

Apply programming skills to solve problems relevant to chemical


engineering

Transferable skills
and personal
qualities

Ability to organize free study time and the use of e-learning tools

5. LEARNING AND TEACHING PROCESSES (INCLUDING THE USE OF ELEARNING)


Self study supported by online and offline practical sessions and limited face to
face lectures.

6. ASSESSMENT (INCLUDING THE USE OF E-LEARNING)


Assessment task
4 Online assessments

Length
Each
assessment 45
minutes.

Weighting within
unit (if relevant)
100%

7. RECOMMENDED TEXT
Les Kirkup, Data analysis with Excel : an introduction for physical scientists, (2002, Cambridge University Press), Joule
Library 001.642/KIR

Brian D Hahn, Essential MATLAB for scientists and engineers, (2002, Butterworth-Heinemann). Joule
Library: 518.0285/HAH. Also available as an e-book.

8. STUDY BUDGETS
Lecture hours:
Practical work
hours:

Unit template

2
20

Tutorial hours:
Private study hours:

0
78

Total study hours:

10
0

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Date of current
version

Unit template

28.6.2013