Chemical Process Analysis 1

Subject CHEN20007 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

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: 3 x one hour lectures + 1 x two hour tutorial per week + 2 x three hours of laboratory work per semester
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 120 hours


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

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013


Enrolment in the Master of Engineering (Chemical)


Enrolment in the Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Co-ordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit


Prof David Shallcross



Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to chemical engineering flowsheet calculations, including materials balances, unit systems, and the prediction of real gas behaviour. The concept of conversion of mass is developed as the basis for determining mass flows in chemical processing systems. Topics covered include material balances around single process units and groups of units, involving simple systems and recycle streams, and non-reacting and reacting systems. Total, component, and elemental balances are covered. Other topics include systems of units and unit conversion, gases, liquids and vapours, P-V-T diagrams of pure substances, ideal and real gas behaviour, use of compressibility factor and generalized compressibility factor charts, equations of state, vapour pressure estimation and humidity. Students will be introduced to flowsheeting packages and chemical engineering simulation software. The subject will include exercises in process optimisation and the solution of ill-defined process problems. An introduction to the chemical process industries as well as a history of the profession and developments in chemical and biomolecular engineering will be given.


On completion of this subject students will be able to

  • Apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals to solve material balances
  • Define and scope engineering problems and formulate suitable strategies for problem solution
  • Use appropriate software tools to solve material balances
  • Model real gas behaviour
  • Continue study in the area of energy balances with a solid foundation
  • Four assignments spread throughout the semester, each of no more than 1500 words (10% each)
  • One written two hour end-of semester examination (60%)
  • A mark of 40% or more in the end of semester examination is required to pass the subject
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (new degree only).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Related Breadth Track(s): Chemical Engineering

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