Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

Setting up new chemical engineering degree programmes: Exercises in design and retrofit within constraints

Campbell, Grant M. and Belton, Daniel J. (2016) Setting up new chemical engineering degree programmes: Exercises in design and retrofit within constraints. Education for Chemical Engineers, 17. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1749-7728

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (1MB) | Preview


The rise in popularity of chemical engineering among students entering university has prompted expansion of the UK provision, through increased intake into current degree programmes and with the rise of new providers. The former entails logistical challenges of processing larger numbers through existing infrastructures whilst maintaining the student experience. The latter entails challenges of designing and introducing programmes that build harmoniously on existing non-chemical engineering provision, within the constraints of university validation procedures and physical resources, and in the face of uncertainty around student and staff recruitment, while aspiring to implement best practice in chemical engineering content and pedagogy. Following a review of the UK chemical engineering landscape and a critique of literature guidance on the appropriate content of chemical engineering curricula, this paper illustrates the issues of new programme development through the approaches and experiences of a new provider, the University of Huddersfield, which introduced new chemical engineering programmes from academic year 2013-14. The paper addresses specifying the content of chemical engineering programmes to align with accreditation requirements and literature advice while maintaining distinctiveness. The constraints imposed by the need to specify and validate courses internally and to minimise substantive programme changes subsequently, whilst responding to the opportunities that arise as staff are recruited and to external developments and unplanned incidents, are highlighted and illustrated, in order to draw lessons that might help to guide other new entrants.

▼ Jump to Download Statistics
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: programme design; curriculum; accreditation; validation; design project; laboratory infrastructure
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
Related URLs:
References: Agnew JB, Clift R, Darton RC, Guy KWA and Lefroy G (2003). “Commentary on the Visions.” In Darton RC, Prince RGH and Wood DG (Eds.), Chemical Engineering: Visions of the World, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Alpay E, Ahearn AL, Graham RH and Bull AMJ (2008). “Student enthusiasm for engineering: charting changes in student aspirations and motivation.” European Journal of Engineering Education, 33(5-6):573-585. Ambrose SA, Bridges MW, DiPietro M, Lovett MC and Norman MK. (2010). How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching Jossey-Bass, USA. Anon. (2012). Accreditation/accreditationguide0212.pdf, accessed 29 September 2015. Anon. (2015a)., accessed 29 September 2015. Anon. (2015b). international/, accessed 1 December 2015. Anon. (2016)., accessed 4 February 2016. Ashwin P, Boud D, Coate K, Hallett F, Keane E, Krause K-L, Leibowitz B, MacLaren I, McArthur J, McCune V and Tooher M (2015) Reflective Teaching in Higher Education, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, UK. Belton, D.J., 2016. Teaching process simulation using video-enhanced and discovery/inquiry-based learning: methodology and analysis within a theoretical framework for skill acquisition. Education for Chemical Engineers (submitted). Bird RB, Stewart WE and Lightfoot EN (1960) Transport Phenomena. John Wiley and Sons, New York. Byrne EP (2006). “The role of specialization in the chemical engineering curriculum.” Education for Chemical Engineers 1:3-15. Byrne EP (2010). “Educating the chemical engineer of the future.” The Chemical Engineer 833:27-29. Byrne EP and Fitzpatrick JJ (2009). “Chemical engineering in an unsustainable world: Obligations and opportunities.” Education for Chemical Engineers 4:51-67. Campbell GM, Blunden-Ellis J and Manista F (2010) “Encouraging engineers to read: A book-based final year assessment.” Education for Chemical Engineers 5:87-99. Favre E, Falk V, Roizard C and Schaer E (2008) “Trends in chemical engineering education: Product, process and sustainable chemical engineering challenges” Education for Chemical Engineers 3:e22-e27. Glassey J and Haile S (2012). “Sustainability in chemical engineering curricula.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 13(4):354-364. Gomes VG, Barton GW, Petrie JG, Romagnoli J, Holt P, Abbas A, Cohen B, Harris AT, Haynes BS, Langrish TAG, Orellana J, See HT, Valix M and Whit, D (2006). Chemical engineering curriculum renewal. Education for Chemical Engineers 1:116-125. Molzahn M (2004). “Chemical engineering education in Europe: Trends and challenges.” Chemical Engineering Research and Design 82:1525-1532. Perkins JD (2002) “Education in process systems engineering: Past, present and future.” Computers and Chemical Engineering 26:283-293. Perkins JD (2003) Chemical engineering – the first 100 years. Pages 11–40 in Darton RC, Prince RGH and Wood DG (Eds.), Chemical Engineering: Visions of the World. Elsevier Science. Rodrigues A and Cussler EL (2016) “Teaching chemical product design.” Education for Chemical Engineers 14:43-48. Seider WD and Widagdo S (2012) “Teaching chemical engineering product design.” Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 1:472-475. Shott I, Titchener-Hooker N and Seville J (2015) “Pick a Mix.” The Chemical Engineer 894/895:35-36. Spurlin, J.E., Rajala, S.A., Lavelle, J.P. (Eds.) (2008). Designing Better Engineering Education through Assessment. Stylus Publishing, Virginia, USA. Stephanopoulos G and Reklaitis GV (2011) “Process systems engineering: From Solvay to modern bio- and nontechnology. A history of development, successes and prospects for the future.” Chemical Engineering Science 66:4272-4306. Thomas G (2013) Education: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, UK. Tylecote MP (1957). The Mechanics' Institutes of Lancashire and Yorkshire before 1851. Manchester University Press.
Depositing User: Grant Campbell
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2016 08:14
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 17:06


Downloads per month over past year

Repository Staff Only: item control page

View Item View Item

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©