Chemical Engineering Modules

Year 1



This module is intended teach the students on the understanding of the fundamental Newton’s Law, Linear Momentum, Energy Conservation as well as on Circular Motion. The students will also learn about Waves and Oscillation as well as thermodynamics which are topics required for the later part of their program.

Students will be assessed on a series of quizzes and a main exam paper.

Mathematics 1

This is a fundamental engineering math module, which will cover two main parts, linear algebra and calculus. For linear algebra, topics like vectors, matrices, linear equation systems, scalar and vector product, eigenvalues, matrix factorization, linear differential equations and engineering application will be covered. For calculus, topics covered include functions, extreme value, polynomial, sequences and series, and differentiation with application. This module aims to provide students with knowledge and analytical skills to solve engineering problems.

Introduction to General and Inorganic Chemistry


This module introduces basic concepts of general and inorganic chemistry. The major topics covered include, Atomic Theory, Chemical Bonding, Acid- Base Theory, Redox Reactions, Chemical Equilibrium, Nobel Gas and VSEPR, MO Theory.

CAD and Technical Drawing


The module CAD and Technical Drawing is based on three lecture blocks and two labs. The first lecture block "Technical drawing" teaches the general rules of technical drawing. The second lecture block “Geometry" teaches the basics of Performing Geometry. The third lecture block "Constructive Design Theory" teaches basic design rules in the construction of components.

The "CAD Introduction" lab teaches the basics of working with CAD systems. The lab teaches the creation of components, assemblies and drawings in the 3D and 2D area.

The “Sketch and workshop drawing” lab teaches the basics of sketching and all the necessary skills to create a workshop drawing by hand and with CAD.

Biomolecular Science

This introductory course allows students to familiarise themselves with the biological structures and molecular mechanisms of the living cell. This module will educate students the basics of biochemistry and genetics to provide a holistic view on cell biology and immunity, leading to applications in biomolecular engineering.

Mathematics 2

Analysis (1 dimension): definition of Riemann integral, Fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, convergence of improper integrals; linear differential equations: existence and uniqueness, solving linear systems with constant coefficients, Duhamel’s formula; Analysis (multidimensional): curves, scalar and vector fields, continuity, partial derivatives, gradient, directional derivatives, implicit functions, extreme value problems with and without constraints, line integral and scalar potential.

Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry


This part of the module introduces into necessary basic precognitions of analytical chemistry. This is followed by introduction into selected chemical and instrumental analytical methods. The main topics are: (1) Definition, ranges and units of concentration; (2) Classification of analytical methods; (3) Sources, definition and calculation of errors, definition of accuracy and precision; calibration and quantification in analytical chemistry; (4) Titration for analytical chemistry based on chemical equilibrium: Acid/base titration, complexation titration; redox titration; (5) Instrumental analytical chemistry: Atomic and molecular spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; (6) Different types of chromatography; (7) Introduction into modern mass spectrometry. (8) Periodic Table (9) Energy levels of orbitals (10) Transition metals (11) Ligandfield Theory.

Analytical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry Lab Course


This laboratory module offers practical to understand the principles of separation and identification of groups of cations and anions. Chemical equilibrium and titrations; Acid-Base Titration; Complexation Titration; Redox Titration; Gravimetric Analysis.

Chemical Thermodynamics

This module introduces the fundamentals of classical chemical thermodynamics. For the interpretation of the introduced thermodynamic quantities an atomistic and statistical interpretation is given. The major topics covered include: (1) Properties of matter in the gas phase (ideal gas & real gas), (2) First law of thermodynamics (work & heat), (3) Reversible and irreversible processes and the second law of thermodynamics (entropy and its statistical interpretation), (4) The thermodynamic state functions (inner energy, free energy, enthalpy, free enthalpy) and the fundamental equations in thermodynamics (Gibbs’ equations, Gibbs-Helmholtz equation, Maxwell equations), (5) Multicomponent systems and chemical potential, (6) Chemical equilibrium.

Organic Chemistry


This module introduces basic organic chemistry and covers structures, reactivity as well as mechanisms. The objective is that students understand the principles of reactivity such as electrophilicity and nucleophilicity and can apply these concepts when solving mechanistic tasks. The lecture starts with alkanes and their nomenclature followed by reactions with alkenes and alkynes. Carbonyl chemistry and aromatic ring systems represent another major topic.

The course covers principles and theories of the reactivity of organic compounds. Knowledge of the most important reagents and reactive intermediates, their behaviour and energetics are conveyed such that the student can understand and predict reactions of organic compounds. Important reaction types and their mechanisms, specific reactions, including industrially relevant processes, are covered.

Energy and Reactivity; Classification of Organic Reactions; Reactive intermediates and Acid/Base Chemistry; Nucleophilic Substitution; Elimination; Electrophilic Addition; Cycloaddition; Aromatic Substitution; Radical Reactions; Oxidation Reactions; Reaction of Carbonyl Compounds; Reactions of Organometallic Compounds; Enolates; Conjugate Addition; Rearrangements.