The NUI Diploma in Process & Chemical Engineering (and the NUI Certificate in Process & Chemical Engineering for those who do not wish to continue after year one of the Diploma) is presented by the UCC School of  Engineering and are offered through the Centre for Adult Continuing Education (CACE) at UCC. Both the Certificate and Diploma are designated as level 7 (minor) programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications (see NFQ graphic for further information.)

For a course flyer, please see here: DPCE Flyer 2015 (744kB)

Applications for the Diploma can be made through the CACE. Application forms can be downloaded at the CACE How do I apply? website or by ringing the CACE (021-4902301/4904739) or via email (ace@ucc.ie) - see links in Application & Fees section.

The programme has been developed by the School of Engineering, UCC. Lectures are provided by staff from the School of Engineering as well as external industry-based personnel. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Programme Manager, Ms. Anne-Marie McSweeney or Programme Director, Dr. Kevin Cronin (see below).

Programme Director

Dr Kevin Cronin

School of Engineering - Process & Chemical

Room 333, Food Science Building, UCC

Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2644

E: k.cronin@ucc.ie 

 

Programme Manager

Ms Anne-Marie McSweeney

School of Engineering - Process & Chemical

Room 312, Food Science Building, UCC

Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2389

E: a.mcsweeney@ucc.ie

Credits Awarded and Progression Routes

A number of places will be reserved on the level 8 BE Honours Degree in Process & Chemical Engineering (CK600PCE) for candidates who have successfully completed the Diploma. A Diploma graduate who is accepted into the BE Honours Degree programme will be awarded 60 ECTS credits towards the BE in Process & Chemical Engineering at UCC and permitted to transfer directly into the second year of the full-time BE Honours Degree programme in Process & Chemical Engineering, provided (s)he satisfies the following requirements:

1. (S)he has been awarded the Diploma with First Class Honours.

and

2. (S)he satisfies the mathematical competences required for entry to the BE honours degree (normally taken as having achieved a Grade C3 or better in Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics or equivalent, i.e. a candidate must be capable of showing a demonstrable knowledge and aptitude for Mathematics, to a level that will enable successful  completion of the BE Honours Degree).

These proposals are in line with UCC and HEA policy concerning Continuing and Adult Education and progression into mainstream degree courses in UCC and the course has been designed with this policy in mind.

Overview

Objectives:

The objective of this programme is to provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles which underpin Process and Chemical Engineering and how they are applied in the process industries. Students on the Certificate/Diploma programme will be exposed to the fundamentals of process engineering, heat, mass and momentum transfer and their application to a number of unit operations and process technologies, through both lectures and supplementary laboratory and pilot plant exercises and demonstrations. Students will also be exposed to other elements of Process Engineering, such as environmental engineering, reactor design, engineering chemistry, plant design, safety and project management, and will be required to complete a project which will incorporate elements from each of these modules.

 

Main area of study:

The main area of study is Process and Chemical Engineering. This includes not only the fundamental principles which underpin Process Engineering (fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, thermodynamics) but also the applications of these principles (pumps and piping systems, flow measurement and sampling systems, heat exchanger design, energy conservation and integration, thermal process engineering, refrigeration, combustion, steam generation, combined heat and power plants, and a range of separation processes involving heat and mass transfer). The important area of powder technology (characterisation, storage, handling, dust control) is also be covered as is process instrumentation and control.

  

Target Audience and Requirements:

Throughout the process industries (Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Food, Biopharmaceutical, etc.) there are many cases where personnel with a strong scientific background are in contact with Process and Chemical Engineers and/or whose job develops in such a way that they require a greater understanding of Process and Chemical Engineering principles and applications. The Diploma programme can provide these people with the opportunity to develop these skills further in earning a formal qualification in the area.

In addition there is a demonstrated growing requirement in the PharmaChem sector for people with Engineering qualifications. This has been quantified in the 2003 Forfás Expert Group Report on Engineers the results of which are reported below:

Projections of Annual Demand for Certificate, Diploma & Degree holders in the PharmChem Sector inIreland.

Year         Certificate & Diploma           Degree

2003                       21                             46

2004                       22                             49

2005                       24                             53

2006                       25                             56

2007                       27                             60

2008                       28                             63

2009                       30                             67

2010                       32                             72

2011                       34                             76

2012                       36                             82

Source: The Demand and Supply of Engineers and Engineering Technicians, A Study for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs by McIver Consulting, Forfás, May 2003).

In addition, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in their August 2016 report, has identified the Process/Chemical/Pharma/Biopharma sector as one which will have enormous skills shortages over the coming years. Please see the full report here: http://www.skillsireland.ie/Publications/2016/Biopharma-Skills-Report-FINAL-WEB-VERSION.pdf

 

Programme Content

 

Detailed Module Description available under Course Details 

 

Year I (Certificate & Diploma): 

PE1811 Introduction to Chemical Process Engineering

(a) Basic engineering computation, engineering units, SI units, dimensions & conversions, chemical engineering heuristics.

(b) Block Flow Diagrams (BFD), Process Flow Diagrams (PFD), Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).

 

PE1812 Material & Energy Balances

(a) Law of conservation of mass, open and closed systems, system boundary, batch and continuous processes, material balance equations, material recycle.

(b) Law of conservation of energy, forms of energy, development of energy balance equations, process applications, reading and using steam tables.

 

PE1813 Fluid Mechanics & Particle Processing

(a) Properties of fluids, compressible and incompressible, fluid statics, fluid dynamics. Pumps, fans, compressors, piping systems, flow measurement, sampling systems, Bernoulli’s equation, design of pump-pipeline systems.

(b) Particle and powder characterisation, dust fires and explosions, dust separation and air pollution control, powder storage and transport.

 

PE1814 Heat Transfer & Applied Thermodynamics

(a) Energy, entropy, work, 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics. Heat transfer principles, heat exchanger design, condensers.

(b) Refrigeration, cooling, chilled water systems, cooling towers, combustion, boilers, steam, CHP, generators. CO2 plant, N2 plant, HVAC.

 

PE1815 Mass Transfer & Separation Processes

(a) Principles of mass transfer, phase equilibria, interphase mass transfer.

(b) Distillation, absorption, solvent extraction, evaporation, drying, crystallization, adsorption, ion-exchange.

 

PE1816 Process Control & Equipment Integrity

(a) Control theory, measurement & transducers, process control systems, automation in industry, S88 & Gamp4, advances in control systems.

(b) Materials of construction, mechanical properties of metals, polymers & ceramic materials, corrosion, emergency pressure relief & venting, welding of process vessels, safety & process fluid leakage.

 

 

Year II (Diploma only):

PE2802 Process Simulation & Optimisation and Occupational Health & Safety in the Process Industries

(a) Process optimisation and continuous process improvement. Overview of a systems engineering approach to process analysis. Identification of the crucial factors that affect a system's response: use of appropriate Design of Experiments techniques, factorial analysis using ANoVA and Pareto analysis. The Taguchi method of robust engineering design for minimising waste and non-conformity costs.

(b) Introduction to health and safety legislation, risk assessment methodologies, safe systems of work, technical/process safety, incident/accident investigation, emergency planning and response.

 

PE2803 Environmental Engineering & Safety

(a) Environmental Engineering; Pollution and environmental impacts, legislation, Treatment & disposal of wastes: liquid and solid wastes treatment; landfill, incineration and other thermal treatments. Waste minimization. Sustainability.

(b) Engineering safety; plant layout, plant operation, containment, pressure system design, reactor stability, emergency venting, formation & dispersal of vapour clouds, fire, explosion, toxic release.

 

PE2804 Reaction Engineering and Unit Operations

(a) Reaction Engineering; Introduction to Chemistry, atoms, molecules and how reactions work.  Reaction terminology and the types of different reactors used in industry.  Overview of reaction order, reaction kinetics and reaction thermodynamics.  The influence of temperature and pressure on chemical reactions.  The design and assessment of simple reactor operation. 

(b) Unit Operations: particle characterisation; particle dynamics; elutriation; sedimentation, filtration, charging, dispensing of solids and size reduction; size reduction equipment; membrane separation processes; mixing/blending of powders; oral solids dosage forms.

 

PE2805 Process & Plant Design

Process design & simulation (using SuperPro Designer/Dynochem) incorporating the concepts of sustainability clean processing. Development of plant design in order to generate data for  process piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID). Overview of, plant location, layout, design and build. Engineering management concepts  of control, evaluation, budgeting and scheduling and closeout. Capital investment/running costs and the methods for their estimation. Profitability analysis (return on investment, pay-back time, discounted cash flow rate of return, net present value.

 

PE2810 Diploma Project

Project selection; project planning; literature survey; work of theoretical, experimental or computing nature leading to achievement of objectives; preparation of project report.

Application & Fees

Enrolment:

The Certificate consists of the first year of the Diploma programme, running over one academic year.

In order to be admitted to the programme, candidates are required to have a Level 6 NQAI qualification or equivalent and it is expected that they will have relevant experience through working in the process and related industries.

There are 35 places on the programme per annum. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, entry will be on a competitive basis. Applicants will be selected for the programme on the basis of the following criteria (in order of importance):

• Qualifications of applicants and their relevance

• Experience of applicants and its relevance

• ‘Reasons for entering programme’ as indicated by applicants on course application form.

 

Progression to Year 2

Candidates must obtain an aggregate of 50% in Year 1 examinations in order to progress to Year 2 of the programme. Candidates who achieve a pass standard (40%) in Year 1 but do not achieve the standard to progress to Year 2 (50%), or choose not to proceed to Year 2, may exit the programme with a Certificate in Process and Chemical Engineering (NFQ Level 7 Minor).

Fees

The programme fee for 2016/17 was € 2,700 per annum. It is expected to remain the same for 2017/18. This fee incorporates all course materials, handouts, exams, administration, part time student registration (and associated benefits, see above) as well as course refreshments. For details on payment of fees and on fee concessions see the CACE Fees Information/Concession Information website. Deirdre McGlynn (021-4904713 or d.mcglynn@ucc.ie ) is the person responsible for fees administration in CACE.

Applications

Applications for both courses can be made online or by downloading the application form at Centre for Adult & Continuing Education (CACE) at UCC.

Thank you for your interest in the course. We will be accepting applications from April 2017 - 23rd August 2017 for September 2017 intake. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Duration and Organisation

Assignment Submission Sheet (158kB)click to download

Approximate Time Commitment:

The following table shows the total contact hours for each of the units as well as the approximate non contact hours that one might expect to spend on assignments and projects. Generally speaking sub-unit assignments should take about 15 hours and the project (Year 2) up to 250 hours.

 

Unit Code

Unit Title

Marks

Contact

Hours

Non-Contact Hours Assign. + Study

Total Hours

PE1811

Introduction to Chemical Process Engineering

100

15

40

66

131

PE1812

Material & Energy Balances

100

12

40

66

128

PE1813

Fluid Mechanics & Particle Processing

100

18

40

66

124

PE1814

Heat Transfer & Applied Thermodynamics

100

18

40

66

124

PE1815

Mass Transfer & Separation Processes

100

18

40

66

124

PE1816

Process Control & Equipment Integrity

100

18

40

66

124

 

Total Year 1 (Certificate):

600

99

240

396

735

PE2802

Process Simulation and Optimisation

100

18

40

66

124

PE2803

Environmental Engineering & Safety

100

18

40

66

124

PE2804

Reaction Engineering and Unit Operations

100

18

40

66

124

PE2805

Process & Plant Design & Project Management

100

24

45

66

135

PE2810

Project

200

9

250

-

259

 

Total Year 2:

600

87

415

264

766

 

Total Diploma (incl. Certificate):

1200

186

655

660

1501

 

Method of Assessment:

An end of semester open book exam is administered for each module each of duration 1.5 hours. In addition assignments are given for each course module at approximately three week intervals. Apart from the Design Project module, where there is no exam, each module is marked on the following basis; Assignment: 30%; End of year exam: 70%. The pass standard for each module is 40%. To progress to Year 2 participants must meet the pass requirements for the Year 1 examination and obtain an aggregate mark of 50% across all six modules.

 

Progression Routes:

It is possible for candidates who have successfully completed the Diploma to progress to the level 8 BE Honours Degree in Process & Chemical Engineering (CK600PCE) subject to satisfying relevant criteria. Diploma graduates who are accepted onto the BE Honours Degree programme will be awarded 60 ECTS credits towards the BE in Process & Chemical Engineering at UCC and permitted to transfer directly into the second year of the full-time BE Honours Degree programme in Process & Chemical Engineering, provided (s)he satisfies the following requirements:

1. (S)he has been awarded the Diploma with First Class Honours.

and

2. (S)he satisfies the mathematical competences required for entry to the BE honours degree (normally taken as having achieved a Grade C3 or better in Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics or equivalent, i.e. a candidate must be capable of showing a demonstrable knowledge and aptitude for Mathematics, to a level that will enable successful completion of the BE Honours Degree).

 

Organisation: 

Total contact hours are 99 in year I and 87 in year II. Participants are in addition required to complete unit assignments during non-contact hours with a broadly similar time commitment. The course is run weekly over a period from the end of August / beginning of September (in 2017-18 it's the week beginning 28th August 2017) until the end of April 2018. The Certificate year (year 1) is held on Tuesday evenings from 6.15pm to 9.30pm (plus Monday evenings during September) and the Diploma year (year 2) is held from 6.15pm to 9.30pm on Thursday evenings from 31st August. Both courses are run in Room 322 in the Food Science Building on the main UCC campus. Exams are held in UCC in December and April/May at similar times/days to lectures.

The Diploma and Certificate in Process and Chemical Engineering programme is one of a number offered through the Centre for Adult Continuing Education at UCC. Participants are registered as part time students of UCC for the academic year they take the course and are thus entitled to utilise the student services provided through the Boole Library, UCC Computing, the Disability Support Office, the Mardyke Arena (special membership rates for Adult Continuing Education students), An Ghaeilge Labhartha, the Careers Service and the Language Centre. For more details on all of these, see the Lifelong Learning Brochure, which can be requested from the Centre for Continuing Adult Education site.

DPCE Timetable 2016-2017 (318kB) click to download

 

Programme Director

Dr. Kevin Cronin

School of Engineering - Process & Chemical

UCC

Tel: +353 21 4902644

E-mail: k.cronin@ucc.ie

 

Programme Manager

Ms. Anne-Marie McSweeney

School of Engineering - Process & Chemical

UCC

Tel: +353 21 4902389

E-mail: a.mcsweeney@ucc.ie

 

Course Lecturing Team

Prof. Edmond Byrne, School of Engineering - Process & Chemical, UCC

Dr. Kevin Cronin, School of Engineering - Process & Chemical, UCC

Dr. John Fitzpatrick, School of Engineering - Process & Chemical, UCC

Dr. Jorge Oliveira, School of Engineering - Process & Chemical, UCC

Dr. Denis Ring, School of Engineering - Process & Chemical, UCC

Mr. Vincent Irwin, Guest Lecturer, Pfizer, Cork                                                                                     

Mr. Neil Alcock, Guest Lecturer, PM Group
 
Mr. Niall Riordan, Guest Lecturer, Pfizer, Cork
 
Mr. Eoin Maguire, Guest Lecturer, DAA, Cork
 
 

The Diploma Course has attracted a large number of applications locally from the leading national and international companies in the Process Industry.  The feedback we receive is always positive and a sample is provided below: 

 

         “Yes, I found the course to be well organised.  The lecturer was always punctual and seemed keen to teach even though it was late on a Tuesday evening and after a days work, we mightn’t have been as eager to learn.”

 

         “Very well organised; excellent lecturers – very easy to listen to and made it interesting.”

 

         “Good topics on heat transfer, materials of construction, equipment integrity, fluid flow, powder handling which were relevant to unit operations of crystallisation, filtration, drying etc. which I encounter on a daily basis on the production floor.”  

 

         “Course was relevant to my work as I am involved in change management at a pharmaceutical plant. Having the basics is critical for this.”

 

         “I work as an analytical development chemist in a pharma company so the course was very relevant to giving me an understanding of the overall running of the plant in general.  Mass balances & powder handling & material selection were very relevant.” 

 

         “I found the course helpful as I know now some basics in fluid mechanics, control of systems etc. and can converse with the engineers on-site more readily.”

 

         “Course overall was excellent, notes provided were very well presented, course was well researched.  Good idea to include sample exam questions and solutions in manual.” 

 

         “Certain units had very comprehensive notes on topics covered as well as lecture slides contained in handbook & these made understanding the topics involved much easier.” 

 

         “The organisation of the programme was very satisfactory. The pace was enough to keep you interested while not putting too much pressure on, which is important in that we all have jobs which take priority – the course did not feel like it was impinging on work.”

 

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