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477501A Process dynamics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 477501A  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Process dynamics  Abbreviation Process dynamic 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline4357 Process and Environmental Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Process and Environmental Engineering 

Aki Sorsa 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS /133 hours of work

Language of instruction 

Finnish/English. The main lecturing language is Finnish, but the course can also be taken in English with some special arrangements. Contact the responsible person.


Negotiable (for the English version).

Learning outcomes 

After the course, the student understands the basic principles of dynamical behaviour of different processes, can write dynamic mass and energy balances for unit processes, and can solve these with the help of the transfer function approach. He knows also the connection between process control and process dynamics.


Basics of process models and dynamics. Dynamic models. Lumped and distributed parameter models.  Practical examples of different unit processes such as chemical reactors and heat exchangers. Modelling of large-scale processes. 


Mode of delivery 

Negotiable (the course can be taken in English with some special arrangements - contact the responsible person).

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Solving exercise problems; textbook.

Target group 

Exchange and other international students (for the English version).

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

No course requirements.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course forms a basis to the advanced courses in the field of control engineering.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture handout and other material distributed at the lecture.

Recommended for supplementary literature: Luyben, W.L.: Process Modeling, Simulation and Control for Chemical Engineers. McGraw-Hill cop., New York 1990, 725 p.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Homework and written/oral test



The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.

Person responsible 

Aki Sorsa

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Process dynamics  Course  Aki Sorsa  30.08.21 -13.12.21

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Process dynamics exam  Exam  Aki Sorsa  13.12.21