Process Engineering

Subject CHEN90013 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week + 1 x 3 hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 200 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

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Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

CHEN40007 Process Engineering

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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Dr Christopher Honig


Dr Chris Honig


Subject Overview:


This subject aims to develop critical thinking skills essential for work in the chemical process and other industries. Students will learn by tackling ill-defined engineering tasks, learn to organise and prioritise tasks to meet deadlines and improve their analytical and written communication skills. 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 also be deepened.

This subject provides grounding in chemical engineering process design and feasibility studies prior to the final design subject CHEN90022.


Students will conduct chemical plant feasibility and design studies through a series of assignments that analyse process plant feasibility, the sensitivity of process economics to external influences and consider the technological, market, environmental and other effects on project viability. Students will learn how to design chemical plants, including the necessary documentation, and consider control strategies for safe operation. Student teams will discuss tools and resources available for the design of chemical processes and the critical analysis of information sources. Issues relating to project and safety management will be discussed and professional-quality technical reports and oral presentations delivered throughout the semester.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Understand the steps involved in designing a chemical processing facility.
  2. Competently undertake many aspects of the design process.
  3. Understand the technical and non-technical aspects of design, in particular the need for such a facility to operate safely and economically.
  4. Demonstrated an ability to communicate technical information orally or in written reports.

  • One group prepared written assignment on commercial feasibility of a proposed process (15%). Expected to take 15-20 hours to complete outside of class and 2 weeks to complete. Due week 2. ILOs 2, 5 and 6 will be addressed in this assignment
  • One group prepared process flow diagram and plant layout schematic (15%). Expected to take 15-20 hours outside of class and 2 weeks to complete. Due week 4. ILOs 1, 5 and 6 will be addressed in this assessment
  • Two written group assignments designing a major piece of equipment conducted in week 5-7 and week 7-9 (20% each, 40% total). Assessed in week 7 and week 9. Each expected to take 25-30 hours (50-55 hours in total) to complete within 2 weeks. ILOs 2, 5 and 6 will be addressed this assignment.
  • One written report developing a Process and Instrumentation Diagram (20%). Expected to take 25 -30 hours to complete within 2 weeks. Due in week 10-11. ILOs 1, 5 and 6 will be addressed in this assessment
  • One written Hazop developed within a 3 hour workshop class (10%). Due in week 12. ILO 2, 5 and 6 will be addressed in the Hazop.
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Albright, L., (Ed.), , 2008, Albright’s Chemical Engineering Handbook, CRC Press (note: this is available as an e-book through the library)

Seider, W.D., Seader, J.D., Lewin, D.R., Widagdo, S., 2009, Product and Process Design Principles: Synthesis, Analysis, and Evaluation, Third Edition, John Wiley

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 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.



The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops. Students will work independently and in small teams. Discussion boards are also used for problem solving outside of the workshops.


Students will have access to lecture notes and lecture slides. Books, journals, and web-based sources will also be used to develop solutions in workshops and key engineering software programs used to present key documents.


A number of industrial processes will be used to illustrate case studies with the industry varying from year to year.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Biochemical)
Master of Engineering (Chemical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)

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