Process Engineering

Subject CHEN90013 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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: 1 x one hour lecture + 1 x three hour workshop + 1 x three hours of laboratory work per week
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours
Prerequisites: Students must have taken the following subjects prior to enrolling in this subject:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
CHEN90020 Chemical Engineering Management can also be taken concurrently.
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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Subject Overview: Students completing this subject will develop experience in critical thinking by tackling ill-defined engineering tasks as well as organising and prioritising tasks to meet deadlines. Their analytical and written communication skills will be enhanced. They will gain an appreciation of the tools and resources used in the design of process plants. Their understanding of issues relating to project management and plant safety will be deepened.
Content: Practise in conducting chemical plant feasibility and design studies through a series of assignments in the following areas: process plant economic analysis, sensitivity of economics to external influences, consideration of political, environmental and other effects on project viability. Integrated process design of chemical plants including the necessary documentation and the consideration of control strategy for safe operation. Discussion of the various tools and resources available for design of chemical processes, and critical analysis of information sources. Issues relating to project and safety management.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the steps involved in designing a chemical processing facility, and to competently undertake many aspects of the design process.
  • This will include both technical and non-technical aspects, in particular the need for such a facility to operate safely and economically, and the means by which technical information is communicated
Assessment: Eleven variously weighted written assignments spread across the semester; some are completed within the subject's weekly 3-hour class sessions.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to analyse and utilise a variety of information sources
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)

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