Chemical Engineering Management

Subject CHEN30013 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty-eight hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Prof Jan Stephanus Jakob Van Deventer


Melbourne School of Engineering Office
Building 173, Grattan Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia

General telephone enquiries:
+ 61 3 8344 6703
+ 61 3 8344 6507

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Subject Overview:

For long term sustainability, a company must focus on its Triple Bottom Line (Financial performance. Environmental performance and a Sociological performance). The objective of this course is to expose students to the key parameters needed to set and manage performance criteria in each of those areas. Students successfully completing this unit will have developed an appreciation of project development and the profitability analysis of projects, environmental management and sustainable development, the management of safety, and other managerial issues affecting the engineer.

This subject will include the following topics:

  • Financial performance: The stages of a Project; How to carryout a Feasibility Study; Revenue, Capital & Operating Cost Forecasting; Simple Accounting; Profitability Analysis and Applications; Project Management & Networks.
  • Environmental performance: Sustainable Development: Global Warming & Emission control; Water Management.
  • Sociological performance: Occupational Health & Safety (incl. Safety Management, P&IDs & Hazop); Ethical issues facing the engineer; Industrial Relations; Product Development & Intellectual Property; Legal issues facing the chemical engineer.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Explain the professional and ethical responsibilities of an engineer;
  • Discuss a broad range of managerial issues affecting the engineer
  • Utilize the principles of sustainable design and development and of safety management to evaluate the feasibility of engineering proposals complete a profitability analysis of an engineering project
  • Assignments, each not exceeding a total of 3000 words plus accompanying tables and calculations, due throughout the semester (40% of the total mark)
  • A final examination of three hours (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Understanding the professional and ethical responsibilities of an engineer;
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development;
  • Ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly and to confront unfamiliar problems.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science

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