DIPLOMA IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (DCHE - S70)
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
Diploma in Chemical Engineering (DCHE) in Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is the FIRST chemical engineering diploma course in the World to adopt Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) educational framework, which is based on commonly shared premise that our students should be able to conceive, design, implement and operate complex value-added systems in modern team-based engineering environment to create systems and products. Some of our CDIO collaborators are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Tsinghua University, China, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
By adopting the CDIO educational framework, we transform traditionally boring and dry engineering education to an exciting and purposeful one that balances theoretical knowledge with realistic applications of chemical engineering principles. Our students are thus able to:
- Conceive: Identify and define real world problems with critical thinking
- Design: Approach any problem effectively and propose its possible solutions with creative thinking
- Implement: Apply and evaluate possible solutions with systems thinking
- Operate: Optimise and improve final selected solution to ensure its functionality, practicality and sustainability
In addition, our students are imbued with skills in teamwork, communication, ethics, responsibility as well as life-long learning.
A list of modules that are offered to all our students in their three-year education with us is tabulated below.
Upon completion of this module, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the electronic structure of atoms and its basis for the study of chemical bonding. Students will learn to apply the VSEPR model to visualise three dimensional structure of molecules and determine the possible types of interactions to explain the physical and chemical properties of matter. They will also learn the structure and bonding of matter and be able to predict trends in the properties of matter and its reaction. This will enable students to apply the fundamental ideas of conservations of matter and energy in stoichiometry and thermochemistry. The module also aims to equip students with the analytical and observation skills and techniques critical for working in a chemical laboratory by exposing them to a range of experimental techniques in the areas of titration, thermochemistry and qualitative inorganic analysis.
Upon completion of this module, students will develop a basic understanding that changes in matter involved the study of its feasibility due to kinetics and thermodynamics consideration and extent of change. The qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemical kinetics are introduced to students and this will form the basis for the study of chemical equilibrium, including chemical equilibria in aqueous media involving acids and bases. Topics in organic chemistry will introduce students to basic concepts on how simple molecules can be constructed and applied to organic reaction transformations and functional group interconversion. This provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge on structure and bonding to understand the structure and reactivity of organic molecules. The module also aims to equip students with the analytical and observation skills critical for working in a chemical laboratory by exposing them to a range of experimental skills and techniques in the areas of reaction kinetics, simple organic synthesis and purification and qualitative organic analysis.
Introduction to Chemical EngineeringMore
Provides students with basic understanding of chemical engineering principles
and measurements. Students will also be provided a basic understanding of
the chemical engineering profession via tasks that mimic real-world work that
are typical of chemical engineers and chemical engineering technologists.
Materials for DesignMore
Provides students with basic understanding on material selection and its
effects on form, look and functionality of chemical engineering products.
Students will also be introduced to concepts of sustainable development in
Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsMore
Provides students with basic understanding of thermodynamic principles such
as ideal gas laws and Henry’s law on reactive and non-reactive processes.
Heat Transfer and Equipment More
Provides students with basic understanding of heat transfer mechanisms such
as conduction and convection, as well as their applications in industrial heat
transfer equipment such as shell-and-tube heat exchanger and climbing film
evaporator. Students will also be introduced to heat transfer phenomena such
as evaporation and boiling and concepts of sustainable development via heat
integration will also be covered. Students will also learn process simulation
design software to perform heat exchanger design and sizing.
Fluid Flow and EquipmentMore
Provides students with basic understanding of fluid flow behaviours, operating principles of rotating equipment and their applications in the chemical process industries.
Laboratory and Process Skills 1More
Students learn basic skills required in the laboratory and process operations,
including interpreting PFDs and P&IDs and perform line tracing.
Laboratory and Process Skills 2More
Students learn to operate pumps, commission heat exchangers, start-up and
shut down unit operations.
Communicating for Project (Report) EffectivenessMore
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
Critical and Analytical ThinkingMore
This module aims to equip students with skills in critical and analytical thinking, which includes the ability to evaluate different perspectives, articulate a point of view and support it with relevant and credible evidence. The module also provides students with opportunities to practise information literacy, and critical and analytical thinking through the exploration of contemporary local and global issues.
This module aims to equip students with the skills to critically evaluate the elements of narratives used in a variety of contexts, and to appreciate and harness the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will analyse narratives to connect and contextualise self to society, and learn to craft impactful personal narratives to inspire or influence others.
Equips students with basic mathematical knowledge and skills in algebra, trigonometry and calculus to enable them to understand and solve engineering problems encountered in their course of studies. It also serves as a foundation for further mathematics in the subsequent modules. Students also learn how to use mathematical software.
Equips students with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills to solve problems encountered in their course of study. It also serves as a foundation for more advanced mathematics in the second year. Topics include trigonometry, determinants, matrices, complex numbers and calculus.
Education and Career Guidance 1: Personal DevelopmentMore
This module aims to help you discover your strengths, values and interests. It also supports you in making informed educational and career choices to achieve your career aspirations.
Introduction to Chemical Product DesignMore
Provides students with basic understanding of chemical product design. Students will also be given an opportunity to create chemical products of at least limited functionalities.
Chemical Product Design and DevelopmentMore
Provides students an opportunity to refine and improve their chemical products from CP5065 Introduction to Chemical Product Design using chemical product development techniques such as TRIZ and reverse engineering.
Separation Processes and SimulationMore
Provides students with basic understanding of mass transfer principles and
their applications in separation processes such as distillation and liquid-liquid
extraction. Students will also learn process simulation design software to
perform distillation column design and sizing.
Process Instrumentation and ControlMore
Provides students with basic understanding of process parameters
measurements using different measuring instruments. Students will also be
introduced to control of process parameters using different process control
strategies such as feedforward control and cascade control.
Chemical Reaction EngineeringMore
Provides students with basic understanding of chemical reaction kinetics and
their applications in designing chemical reactors such as CSTR and PFTR.
Students will also be introduced concepts of sustainable development via
green chemical reaction processes.
Chemical Engineering Design CalculationsMore
Students learn to perform design and sizing calculations for various unit
operations and utility lines and equipment. Students will also learn process
Process Operation Skills 1More
Students learn to start-up and shut down various separation process unit
operations, maintain steady-state through monitoring and controlling process
Process Operation Skills 2More
Students learn to start-up and shut down various reactors, maintain steadystate
through monitoring and controlling process parameters, as well as
perform process troubleshooting.
Communicating for Professional EffectivenessMore
We have introduced the Employability Skills (ES) WSQ Framework which aims to equip the workforce with generic and portable skills to adapt and be resilient to challenges posed by a globalised and dynamic working environment, into our curriculum. WSQ is a national credential system and more importantly, training programmes developed under the WSQ system are based on skills and competencies validated by employers, unions and professional bodies.
Two ES WSQ modules which are aligned to and introduced in CPF include “Maintain Personal Presentation & Employability at Operations Level” and “Apply Emotional Competence to Manage Self and Team at the Workplace”.
In the first ES WSQ module, the learner will acquire knowledge and skills to identify jobs that match their interests, capabilities and qualifications, develop career planning skills and prepare resumes that are unique and customised for job requirements. In the second ES WSQ module, the learner will understand and be able to apply self-awareness techniques including applying emotional intelligence principles to manage oneself at the workplace. Students who are deemed competent through assessments, will be awarded SOA (e-certificate) for issued by SSG.
Social Innovation ProjectMore
This module aims to equip students with a Design Thinking mindset in a social innovation context. Students collaborate in multi-disciplinary groups to apply Design Thinking tools and methods to create innovative prototype solutions for local social issues. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves, and empathy for a local community in need.
Engineering Mathematics IIMore
The module is designed to provide students with further knowledge in mathematics and analytical skills to solve engineering problems encountered in their studies. Among the topics covered are Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms and Fourier Series.
Education and Career Guidance 2: Career DevelopmentMore
This module aims to help you develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness.
Plant Design, Economics and Sustainable Development More
Provides students an opportunity to complete process design of a selected chemical plant using process simulation design software. Students will also need to access viability of their design projects through making critical decisions and rigorous project cost estimation, as well as applying sustainable development principles.
Provides students with basic understanding of major unit operations such as
crystallisation and purification in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
Provides students with basic understanding of major unit operations in
large-scale biopharmaceutical production, as well as the respective
equipment and instruments used.
Process Plant Safety and Engineering EthicsMore
Provides students an opportunity to carry out applied research projects in a specialised topic of their choice.
The primary aim of internship is to prepare students with competencies, skills and attitudes for the working world and lifelong learning. The internship involves a 22-week industrial attachment that provides students authentic work-based learning opportunities to develop key work related skills while working in chemical engineering companies and institutions. Applied research and development project encourages interns to be creative and innovative in the context of deepening core chemical engineering skill sets and broadening transferable skills. Such skills are necessary in order to be adaptable and vigilant in today’s world.
The SP elective framework offers students options to pursue their passion and / or meet different career needs, and is an integral part of the holistic education we seek to provide to our students. The learning experiences of this elective framework help students in their developmentas self-directed, versatile, life-long learners, which are essential in today’s volatile and changing societal as well as occupational landscape.
Please note: Course structure subjected to change.