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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22


This is a compulsory subject that is taught in the first semester of the third year of the Chemical Engineering Degree after students have studied certain subjects in which they must have acquired the basic knowledge required to address this subject, which are:

- Macroscopic mass and energy balances on reactive systems

- Introduction to the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions

- Numerical solutions of integral and differential equations systems

- Use of software for numerical computation (Matlab and Excel or similar)

The training of students is conducted through lectures, computer lessons and group tutorials. In addition, training will be expanded and enhanced in the subjects “Reactor Design II” and “Experimentation in Chemical Engineering II”.

This subject is taught in the third grade, so students should come after acquiring the previous basics and having developed the skills to handle with ease calculation tools for problem solving, literature search and, where appropriate, to communicate in English. They all will be continued to progress in.

IMPORTANT: The course is offered in both English and Spanish in all its activities (lectures, group tutorials and computer lessons). The students will choose in which language they want to attend but in any case, the restrictions may be based on the number of students in each group.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE19 : Knowledge of material and energy balances, biotechnology, matter transfer, separation operations, chemical reaction engineering, reactor design, valorisation and transformation of raw materials and energy resources.
  • CE20 : Capacity to analyse, design, simulate and optimise processes and products.


Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)

  • CB1 : Que los estudiantes hayan demostrado poseer y comprender conocimientos en un área de estudio que parte de la base de la educación secundaria general, y se suele encontrar a un nivel que, si bien se apoya en libros de texto avanzados, incluye también algunos aspectos que implican conocimientos procedentes de la vanguardia de su campo de estudio.
  • CB2 : Que los estudiantes sepan aplicar sus conocimientos a su trabajo o vocación de una forma profesional y posean las competencias que suelen demostrarse por medio de la elaboración y defensa de argumentos y la resolución de problemas dentro de su área de estudio.
  • CB3 : Que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de reunir e interpretar datos relevantes (normalmente dentro de su área de estudio) para emitir juicios que incluyan una reflexión sobre temas relevantes de índole social, científica o ética.
  • CB4 : Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado.
  • CB5 : Que los estudiantes hayan desarrollado aquellas habilidades de aprendizaje necesarias para emprender estudios posteriores con un alto grado de autonomía.


UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT1 : Foreign language skills.
  • CT2 : Computer and information skills.
  • CT3 : Oral and written communication skills.


General Competences:>>Instrumental

  • CG1 : Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • CG2 : General basic understanding of the profession.
  • CG3 : Knowledge of computers in the field of study.
  • CG4 : Problem solving.
  • CG5 : Decision making.


General Competences:>>Interpersonal

  • CG10 : Capacity to communicate with experts in other fields.
  • CG11 : Critical reasoning.
  • CG6 : Plan, organise and supervise teamwork.
  • CG9 : Interpersonal relationship skills.


General Competences:>>Systematic

  • CG13 : Capacity to put knowledge into practice.
  • CG14 : Capacity for self-learning.
  • CG15 : Capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • CG16 : Ability to work independently.
  • CG17 : Creativity in all areas of the profession.
  • CG20 : Motivation for quality.
  • CG21 : Awareness of environmental topics.


Regulated Professional Competences

  • CPR1 : Capacity to draft, sign and develop industrial engineering projects in the speciality of Chemical Engineering, aimed at the construction, refurbishment, repair, conservation, demolition, manufacture, installation, assembly and exploitation of: structures, mechanical equipment, energy facilities, electrical and electronic installations, industrial installations and plants and manufacturing and automation processes.
  • CPR3 : Understand basic subjects and technologies to allow one to learn new methods and theories, making one versatile in adapting to new situations.
  • CPR4 : Capacity to solve problems with initiative, decision-making skills, creativity, critical reasoning and ability to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of industrial engineering.
  • CPR5 : Understand how to carry out measurements, calculations, assessments, valuations, surveys, studies, reports, work sheets and other similar tasks.
  • CPR6 : Capacity to deal with mandatory specifications, regulations and standards.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22


The students in this subject should acquire the basic knowledge and skills to design, simulate and optimize the most common homogeneous reactors: batch stirred tank reactor, continuous plug flow reactor and continuous stirred tank reactor, as well as the association of continuous reactors.

They will also learn to model a homogeneous reactor when it deviates from the ideal behavior.




Code: 34524
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,32
Practical credits: 1,08
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,32
    Practical credits: 1,08
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught