TKP4176 - Process operation and safety


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours A

Course content

The course deals with operation and safety in chemical and biological processes in industry. Process operation involves a good understanding of the characteristics of different process units, how the units are designed and built, and how the units are combined. Typical process units that will be covered include tanks, separation steps, reactors and heat exchangers. The students must analyse real accidents and undesired events, and relate these to the characteristics of the units as well as to topics and phenomena from core subjects such as mass- and energy balances, fluid flow, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, separation science and process control.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the candidates should have achieved the following learning outcomes:


  • The candidate should possess a broad knowledge about chemical and biological processes in industry, raw materials, intermediates and final products and how these are produced
  • The candidate should have detailed knowledge about chosen process steps and process units, including the basic chemical or biological processes, the design of the equipment including mass and energy balances, important design parameters (dimensions, materials, conditions) as well as principles for operation, control and monitoring.
  • The candidate should have knowledge about important safety challenges linked to the design, building and operation of industrial plants and laboratory activities
  • The candidate should have knowledge about potential dangers linked to accidents or emissions from chemical or biological process plants
  • The candidate should have in-depth knowledge about methods for the analysis of safety and accidents


  • The candidate can apply his/her knowledge to understand , describe and design units and complete plants
  • The candidate can analyse existing plants and describe critical parameters linked with good and safe operation of the plant
  • The candidate can, through applying fundamental knowledge about the process technology identify critical conditions or limitations in the operation of a plant
  • The candidate can through the analysis of industrial accidents or undesired events identify the cause of the events and propose improvements in design or operation of the process or unit in question
  • The candidate should be able to apply central tools for the analysis of safety and accidents in the process industry

General competence

  • The candidate can search for and retrieve information about processes and equipment and link this information to fundamental theory in the field
  • The candidate is familiar with important principles for safe operation of process plants
  • The candidate has a good knowledge about different kinds of risks linked to industrial process plants
  • The candidate can communicate knowledge about safe design and operation of process plants

Learning methods and activities

The course will be taught using lectures and presentations combined with compulsory exercises in groups. In the exercises the students will analyze real accidents and undesired events (case-studies) linked to fundamental theory about safety in core subjects. The course gives 7,5 ECTS, the total effort is estimated to be 225 hours, of which 150 hours is case studies as team-work.

Compulsory assignments

  • Excersises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MTKJ)
Sustainable Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering (MSCHEMBI)

Required previous knowledge

No particular requirements. Limited to 40 students, priority to students in MSCHEMBI followed by students in MTKJ.

Course materials

Will be given when the course starts.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Chemical Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 A 2022-12-02 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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