Hope you are all doing well. I know it has been long since my last blog. The reason being is that I am currently working on my design project which is equivalent to the dissertation. The design project is taking the whole semester with the final submission being in June which is less than five weeks away from today. The project depends on the discipline of study.
Every department assesses the last semester of studying in a different way. Most disciplines will write a very long essay on a particular subject with takes around three months.
I can tell you a little about the sort of projects that Department of Chemical Engineering is asking the students to complete. At the beginning of the second semester, the department specifies groups, which are consist of five to six people. Each group works together on one design project allocated to them by the faculty. The projects are mainly developing a chemical plant which could be natural gas plant or PVC plastic polymer plant or Methanol plant and so on. By the end of the process design, the team develops a business plan including all the capital and operation cost calculations which should be presented to the senior academics towards the end of the semester to see if the plant designed, would worth an investment or not. After that, each pair of students will go into much more depth to design one piece of equipment used in the process such as a reactor, condenser or distillation column and so on.
The whole process is very intense and can get very stressful. The best thing to do is to be organised and start the work from day one and by splitting the work into sections; it is easier to check the progression of the work. Also, because the nature of the group work, it is such a good practice for future.
Okay, guys that it for today. I am going back to the library and hope you enjoy your rest of the day:)