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CDIO-Enabled Curriculum

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.

 

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4001 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Provides students with fundamentals in analytical and physical chemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts of moles, concentrations in different units, reduction-oxidation reactions and equilibrium. Students will also acquire basic practical skills to analyse a range of substances quantitatively through simple volumetric analytical procedures.
60
CP4006 Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
Provides students with essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of inorganic and organic chemistry. It enables students to understand the theoretical basis of physical and chemical properties of molecules. Students will also have a broad understanding of the chemical reactions of various functional groups of organic compounds.
75
CP5090 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
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.
75
CP5091 Materials for Design
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 material selection.
60
CP5092 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Provides students with basic understanding of thermodynamic principles such as ideal gas laws and Henry’s law on reactive and non-reactive processes.
60
CP5093 Heat Transfer and Equipment
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.
60
CP5094 Fluid Flow and Equipment
Provides students with basic understanding of fluid flow behaviours, operating principles of rotating equipment and their applications in the chemical process industries.
60
CP5201 Lab and Process Skills 1
Students learn basic skills required in the laboratory and process operations, including interpreting PFDs and P&IDs and perform line tracing.
45
CP5202 Lab and Process Skills 2
Students learn to operate pumps, commission heat exchangers, start-up and shut down unit operations.
45
LC0256 Communicating for Project (Report) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
30
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
30
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
30
MS2125 Basic Mathematics
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.
60
MS2128 Engineering Mathematics I
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.
60
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
15

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP5065 Introduction to Chemical Product Design
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.
60
CP5070 Chemical Product Design and Development
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.
60
CP5095 Separation Processes and Simulation
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.
75
CP5096 Process Instrumentation and Control
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.
75
CP5097 Chemical Reaction Engineering
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.
60
CP5098 Chemical Engineering Design Calculations
Students learn to perform design and sizing calculations for various unit operations and utility lines and equipment. Students will also learn process simulation
60
CP5099 Pharmaceutical Engineering
Provides students with basic understanding of major unit operations such as crystallisation and purification in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
60
CP5203 Process Operation Skills 1
Students learn to start-up and shut down various separation process unit operations, maintain steady-state through monitoring and controlling process parameters.
45
CP5204 Process Operation Skills 2
Students learn to start-up and shut down various reactors, maintain steady-state through monitoring and controlling process parameters, as well as perform process troubleshooting.
45
- Elective Module
LC0257 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
30
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
30
MS2237 Engineering Mathematics II
Equips students with adequate mathematical knowledge and skills in integration methods and solving first and second order differential equations. Students also learn how to use mathematical software.
60
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
30

Third Year

In year 3, students will go for a 22-week enhanced internship in the Energy and Chemical sector:

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP5033 Plant Safety and Loss Prevention
Provides students with basic understanding of loss prevention principles and safe work practices, as well as their applications in safety management in chemical process plants. Students will also be introduced to relevant Singapore Standards such as SS586.
60
CP5062 Plant Design, Economics and Sustainable Development
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.
60
CP5088 Capstone Project
Provides students an opportunity to carry out applied research projects in a specialised topic of their choice.
75
CP5100 Biopharmaceutical Engineering
Provides students with basic understanding of major unit operations in large-scale biopharmaceutical production, as well as the respective equipment and instruments used.
60
CP5101 Advanced Chemical Engineering Principles
Students learn the application of thermodynamic principles in predicting behaviours of systems that undergo physical and chemical processes.
45
- Elective Module
IC2003 Internship Programme
Provides students with basic understanding of commissioning, monitoring, operating, controlling and decommissioning work in chemical industries. Students will also be introduced to process troubleshooting during abnormal plant operations.
22 weeks

 

Elective Modules

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
CP4009 Basic Instrumental Analysis
Provides basic practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge to analyse the contents of chemical compounds using various forms of spectroscopy and chromatography. Sampling and solvent extraction used in analyses are also covered in this module.
60
CP4127 Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
Provides students with the fundamentals of organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Topics include stereochemistry, chemical kinetics, substitution, addition and elimination reactions.
60
CP5006 Environmental Engineering
Provides students with basic understanding of environmental pollution and its various treatment technologies such as water and wastewater treatment. Students will also be introduced to legislations relating to environmental protection in Singapore and concepts of environmental management system. Students are also required to complete a project based on real-world issues that will serve to instill ethical responsibility and develop global perspective.
60
CP5031 Membrane Science and Technology
Provides students with basic understanding of major unit operations such as crystallisation and purification in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
45
CP5038 Industrial Waste Management
Provides students with basic understanding of different types of industrial wastes such as petrochemical and semiconductor wastes, as well as their proper treatment technologies and management strategies.
45
CP5071 Green Engineering and Alternative Energy
Provides students with basic understanding of sustainable green engineering in chemical industries and alternative energy sources such as biofuels and fuel cells.
60
CP5082 Petroleum Refining and Enhancement Technologies
Provides students with basic understanding of petroleum refining and enhancement technologies such as thermal cracking and catalytic reforming.
45
CP5083 Petrochemicals and Conversion Technologies
Provides students with basic understanding of different types of petrochemicals such as ethene and benzene, as well as their conversion technologies such as pyrolysis cracking and hydrogenation.
45
CP5084 Specialty Chemicals and Product Formulations
Provides students with basic understanding of different types of specialty chemicals such as water-soluble polymers. Students will also be introduced to product formulation techniques for specialty chemicals.
45
CP5087 Environmental Bioremediation Technologies
Provides students with basic understanding of environmental monitoring for different types of environmental pollutions. Students will also be introduced to different bioremediation technologies for recalcitrant chemicals and pollutants that are generated by the chemical industries.
45
CP5089 Statistics
Provides students with basic understanding of management and organisational theories. Students will also be introduced to concepts of quality assurance and statistical analysis in chemical industries.
45

 

Please note: Course structure subjected to change.

 

Tan Wei Quan Nicholas

Chemical Engineering Course Gold Medallist 2016

 

"My experience in DCHE was exciting and enriching. I have made a correct decision to choose DCHE as my first choice. The course has provided ample opportunities for me to apply knowledge learnt in different settings and developed my personal and professional skills. It has also equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the industry."