Chemical Engineering Y2 @ UOM

I doubt I have any readers anymore. 😦  I’ve been so busy these two weeks and even if there’s any time left in week, I don’t have the strength or the state of mind to blog. Until now. For those of you who are actively waiting for updates, thank you and sorry for the delay! Let me fill you with all that i can !

Lectures, lectures lectures….!


Week 3 going to Week 4.

All our classes start at 9 in the morning, with at least four hours of lectures each day (except Wednesday). It’s a huge difference compared to year 1 – that’s expected with more difficult units this semester. I really don’t know if i should feel appreciative for learning more this year or resentful because workload is enormous! Before I rant more, want to know our modules this semester?

  1. Safety

It has become a 10 credit module (instead of a 5 credit module) because the previous batch didn’t care too much about safety, I guess. We are taught by  Dr Stuart Holmes & Dr John Hulmes, who insist that we mustn’t be past five minutes late to lecture, and the worse part is: his lecture starts first in the week. Yes, 9 am every Monday (and another one at 2pm after a two hours lunch break.)

The only thing that stuck to mind is the definition of Safety: The understanding of putting mechanisms in place to prevent or minimise risk. Other than that, my mind goes blank.

The first two lectures are pretty light. We get to know about Bhopal Disaster 1984., the world largest industrial catastrophe and more recent BP Texas 2005 catastrophe. Then, on the next lecture we were introduced to Piping and Instrument Diagrams… (shown below)

which is really intimidating, don’t you agree? But, won’t it be cool if we know how to read this by the end of the semester. *optimistic look* 😉

  1. Process Design  & Stimulation

This is separated into two parts: the lecture, and the actual stimulation by the programme: Aspen HYSYS. The picture below shows the lecture part:

Taught by Dr Megan Jobson, this unit is challenging at best. I have still yet to work on the stimulation and the lecture seems to be teaching us more economics than the design itself.

We have our lectures in Stopford Building, which is located in the Main Campus –  right after a lecture in the North Campus. Usually the previous lecturer let us off about fifteen minutes earlier, just in time to catch the 147 Bus: Free bus to Oxford Road (where the main campus lies)

If you miss the bus, you walk!

  1. Chemical Reaction Engineering

Dr Aline Miller rubbing her glasses preparing for the next lecture. I particularly like this unit because (1) you can actually relate it immediately to chemical engineering  and (2) the lecturer doesn’t just blah everything out and leave you utterly confused. I get to understand more about batch reactor, plug flow reactor (PFR) and continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR). There’s more to learn like space velocity…  *mind blanks*

  1. Solid Fluid System

Another straight forward module (so far).  Taught by our programme director waisehhh.. Dr Esther Ventura-Madina. Nothing much to complain about this unit yet. We learn about motion of particles and particle characterisation. Interesting, really.

  1. Mathematical Method 2

Taught by a Dutch lecturer Dr Samuel De Visser. He keeps mathematics more interesting with his lame jokes LOL.

Can you see the lecture slide? It’s triple integration for the first one – triple the work, triple the fun! and as though triple integral isn’t enough to work on, we have triple integration in spherical coordinates (which means you convert x and y in terms of angles and radius adding a Jacobian matrix.)

It’s the lecture i look forward to most each week. Why? Simply because mathematics make sense. 😉

  1. Chemical Thermodynamics

I can feel myself groaning already. And completely clueless – and I am sure I am not the only one.

The first hour of the lecture is still manageable, we are struggling to keep up with the pace of Dr Ted Roberts (who makes me wonder how a brain could store that much information). He guided us into the maze of thermodynamics – even ten seconds of blanking out may cause us to lose our way throughout. IT didn’t really make a difference if we get lost in the front part because by the second hour, nobody understands a thing. Nobody normal. There’s no noise – no point in asking the person sitting next to you to explain because, we are all clueless.


  1. Business Management

i have no idea why I took this unit, but I believe in a challenge! And the cost of battle could be my marks LOL. It is a huge difference compared to the other six units mentioned above because the lecturer can take a slide of three pictures (Tesco, Morrisons and Asda) and ramble on for almost half an hour. Not that it’s a bad thing.

So, that’s about my course so far. 😉 What do you think about it? Will i survive up to year 4?

P.S. More updates about other happenings besides lecturesto be updated soon!


4 thoughts on “Chemical Engineering Y2 @ UOM

  1. kyu says:

    ahahaha…triple integration is so so so so so fun!!!make me crazy…have fun for ur class and definitely u can survive till year 4…dont worry=)

    • Jill says:

      Hello Sophia! The lecturers will tell you what is relevant to the examinations, as they differ each year. Good luck in your exams, and Merry Christmas~!

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