Biomolecular Engineering Design Project

Subject BIEN90002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x two hour lecture + 1x three hour consultation session per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 240 hours


Students must have completed the following subjects prior to enrolling in this subject:

CHEN30001 Reactor Engineering (Prior to 2010 CHEN40003 Reactor Engineering)

CHEN30005 Heat and Mass Transport Processes

CHEN90020 Chemical Engineering Management (Prior to 2010 CHEN40006 Chemical Engineering Management or CHEN30013 Chemical Engineering Management)

CHEN90009 Fermentation Processes

CHEN90013 Process Engineering (Prior to 2010 CHEN40007 Process Engineering)

CHEN90012 Process Equipment Design (Prior to 2010 CHEN40005 Process Equipment Design)

CHEN90032 Process Dynamics and Control (Prior to 2012 CHEN30009 Process Dynamics and Control)



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Credit will not be given for this subject and the following subjects:

CHEN90022 Chemical Engineering Design Project

CHEN40009 Design Project

BIEN40002 Biomolecular Engineering Design Project

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:

This unit requires the students to undertake a major design task utilising the knowledge gained throughout the Biomolecular engineering course. This comprises the following tasks: design of a process to meet a specified requirement; feasibility study of alternative processes which meet the specification; determination of sequence for investigation of a chemical manufacturing project and preparation of a report; consideration of environmental impacts and sustainability issues; preparation of flowsheets; confirmation of effects of market forecasts; economic evaluation; preparation of estimates for the minimisation of capital and production costs; specification of equipment; selection of construction materials; and specification of instrumentation location, staff and labour requirements and safety precautions. The HYSYS simulation package will be utilised where appropriate. There will also be a series of lectures on various aspects of design.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply the skills necessary to complete a chemical engineering feasibility study
  • Carry out the integrated process and equipment design for an industrial chemical process, which is an initially poorly-defined task for which much of the design data is not available. In completing the design they will apply most of the skills learned earlier in their course
  • Function as part of a team and manage their time effectively

Three written reports as follows:

  • The first report, of up to 30 pages, is due one third of the way through the semester (15%)
  • The second report, of up to 100 pages (not including supporting material such as appendices, diagrams, tables, computations and computer output), is due two thirds of the way through the semester (30%)
  • The final report, of up to 100 pages (not including supporting material such as appendices, diagrams, tables, computations and computer output), is due at the end of the semester (55%)
  • An aggregate mark of 50% or more and a mark of 50% or more in the final report is required to pass the subject
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural 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
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)

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