This is a sample course plan and not a guide for enrolment. See the handbook entry to plan your enrolment.
The first year (or part thereof) is only required for students entering from non-Chemical Engineering backgrounds. Applicants with 100 points of credit and graduates from corresponding University of Melbourne undergraduate pathways enter at second year (Semester 3).
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300 point program
|The World of Engineering ManagementCore||12.5|
The World of Engineering Management
This subject examines the structure and basic building blocks of high performing organisations from a senior management perspective. It covers tools and techniques to conduct both an analysis of the external environment and the strategies to align the appropriate internal skills and capabilities.
Detailed Information ENGM90014
|Material and Energy BalancesCore||12.5|
Material and Energy Balances
This subject introduces chemical engineering flow sheet calculations, including material balances, energy balances and compositions of mixtures. The concept of conversion of mass is developed as the basis for determining mass flows in chemical processing systems involving chemical reactions and separation systems. Then the concept of conservation of energy is developed as the basis for determining energy flows in and around chemical processing systems, evaluation of enthalpy changes with and without phase change, simplified energy balances for batch, steady-state and adiabatic systems, estimation of heats of reaction, combustion, solution and dilution, energy balances in reacting systems,...
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This subject introduces important mathematical methods required in engineering such as manipulating vector differential operators, computing multiple integrals and using integral theorems. A range of ordinary and partial differential equations are solved by a variety of methods and their solution behaviour is interpreted. The subject also introduces sequences and series including the concepts of convergence and divergence. Topics include: Vector calculus, including Gauss’ and Stokes’ Theorems; sequences and series; Fourier series, Laplace transforms; systems of homogeneous ordinary differential equations, including phase plane and linearization for nonlinear systems; second order partia...
Detailed Information MAST20029
|Chemical Engineering ElectiveElective||12.5|
Chemical Engineering Elective
See handbook for elective choices.
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This subject covers fundamental concepts of diffusion and conservation within momentum, heat and mass transport. Use of these concepts is integral to the profession of Chemical Engineering. For example, heat exchangers are used throughout Chemical Engineering processes to transfer thermal energy from one stream to another. Knowledge of heat transport and momentum transport (ie fluid flow) is required to design a heat exchanger, other key pieces of Chemical Engineering process equipment, including distillation columns. Similarly, knowledge of mass transport is required to design other key Chemical Engineering processes, such as distillation. INDICATIVE CONTENT The specific technical mate...
Detailed Information CHEN20009
|Chemical Process AnalysisCore||12.5|
Chemical Process Analysis
This subject introduces students to important chemical engineering processes both on the large plant-wide scale and at the single unit operation scale. Students learn how to read, process flow diagrams and process and instrumentation diagrams. Process measurement and instrumentation is also covered. Chemical engineering thermodynamics is introduced through some of the most common quantities of temperature, pressure, enthalpy and entropy. Industrially important thermodynamic cycles are included. The importance of phase behaviour and the ability to predict the behaviour of real gases is covered as are the properties of humid air as an example. Students are also introduced to steady-state an...
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|Process Dynamics And ControlCore||12.5|
Process Dynamics And Control
Continuous chemical processes are inherently dynamic systems – process inputs and outputs change in time. To accommodate this, modern plants require some form of automatic control. This subject equips students with the skills to understand how and why key process variables change in time, and to then design and implement effective control strategies to accommodate this. Students are introduced to the concept of feedback control, with examples of control schemes for common unit operations. Time domain analysis of process dynamics is performed using linear ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, and transfer functions. The response of complex process plants to common dynamic in...
Detailed Information CHEN90032
This subject concerns the fundamental science of fluid flow relevant to a range of engineering applications, and is essential for specialisations relating to Chemical, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Detailed Information ENGR30002
This subject introduces students to aspects of reactor system design. Chemical reactors are at the heart of any major chemical process design. Chemical reaction engineering is concerned with the exploitation of chemical reactions on a commercial scale. Chemical reaction engineering aims at studying and optimizing chemical reactions in order to define the best reactor design. Hence, the interactions of flow phenomena, mass transfer, heat transfer, and reaction kinetics are of prime importance in order to relate reactor performance to feed composition and operating conditions. This subject is one of the key parts of the chemical and biochemical engineering curriculum upon which a lot of lat...
Detailed Information CHEN30001
|Heat and Mass Transport ProcessesCore||12.5|
Heat and Mass Transport Processes
This subject aims to extend the fundamental concepts of heat transfer from that covered in CHEN20009 Transport Processes to include natural and forced convection and two phase systems. Mass transfer concepts are extended to unsteady state mass transfer and Fick's Second Law, prediction of diffusivity and of mass transfer coefficients. These fundamental concepts are then applied to the design of processes and equipment including shell and tube, air-cooled and plate heat exchangers, evaporator systems, membrane devices, binary distillation systems, gas absorbers and cooling towers. Experience in the use of appropriate simulation packages such as HYSYS for exchanger and distillation column d...
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Develop an basic microbiology, cell structure and nutritional requirements. Products from microbes and bioprocesses, enzyme kinetics, cell growth kinetics and product formation. Product separation methods. This subject introduces students to the area of bioprocessing, an area growing in importance in the process industries.
Detailed Information CHEN90031
|Economic Analysis for EngineersCore||12.5|
Economic Analysis for Engineers
This subject seeks to - Build a thorough understanding of the theoretical and conceptual basis upon which the practice of financial project analysis is built and its application to engineeringSatisfy the practical needs of the engineering manager toward making informed financial decisions when involved in an engineering projectIncorporate critical decision-making tools that engineering managers can bring to the task of making informed financial decisions.
Detailed Information ENGM90011
|Safety and Sustainability Case StudiesCore||12.5|
Safety and Sustainability Case Studies
This subject provides an introduction to process work in process engineering, focusing specifically on process safety and sustainability. Material taught in other chemical engineering subjects will be reinforced via a series of assignments in which ill-defined and open-ended process engineering problems will be tackled. This subject covers the following technical topics: Development and application of selection criteria for making appropriate, context-specific engineering decisions; Process simulation techniques including heat and power integration; Process safety, including HAZOP and Quantitative Risk Assessment techniques; Sustainable engineering processes, including Life Cycle Analysis...
Detailed Information CHEN30015
|Marketing Management for EngineersCore||12.5|
Marketing Management for Engineers
This subject prepares graduate engineers to practice basic marketing in the engineering profession where there is a mutual need and reliance upon their training and skills in both engineering and marketing to satisfy the needs, wants and demands of the market, internally within the organisation, and through the entire supply chain.
Detailed Information ENGM90012
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|Chemical Engineering Research ProjectCore||12.5|
Chemical Engineering Research Project
Students will undertake as individuals or as a member of a team a designated investigative project which could involve a critical literature review, experimental research and/or development, theoretical modelling, process simulation and/or the solution of an industrial problem. Rigorous planning and scheduling of the project, time management, written and verbal technical communication, interpretation of results and team work will be required. Lectures will be presented on laboratory safety, and the use of statistical methods for experimental data analysis. Engineering graduates need the ability to research topics and to perform structured investigations. This research project subject prov...
Detailed Information CHEN90023
Candidates will undertake as individuals or as a member of a team a designated investigative project within a suitable industry partner that could involve critical analysis of a topic, experimental research and/or development, theoretical modelling, process simulation and/or the solution of an industrial problem. Rigorous planning and scheduling of the project, time management, written and verbal technical communication, interpretation of results and team work will be required. Working off campus may be also be required, depending on the project.
Detailed Information CHEN90028
|Process Equipment DesignCore||12.5|
Process Equipment Design
Application to the design of chemical equipment. Design of fluid storage and transfer equipment; pressure and non-pressure vessels, pumps and compressors, nozzles, piping, valves. Design of other operational units commonly used in chemical plants; heat exchangers, solid handling devices, fluid processing units. Hydraulic aspects of plate distillation column, packed columns, fluidised beds. Safety and integrity of equipment; safe working stress. Design standards and codes of practice. Flow sheets, plant layout; equipment, piping and site layouts. INDICATIVE CONTENT To be able to conduct technical design of process equipment such as: pressure vessels, non-pressure vessels, compressors, he...
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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. INDICATIVE CONTENT Students will conduct chemical plant f...
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|Particle Mechanics and ProcessingCore||12.5|
Particle Mechanics and Processing
This subject covers many of the aspects related to powder and suspension processing. Initially, the student learns how to describe particles and systems of particles in terms of size, shape and distribution, followed by understanding the basic mechanics of fluid flow around particles. This knowledge is used as the basis for designing unit operations associated with powders and suspensions, including particle classification, particle breakage (comminution) and agglomeration, solid-liquid separation through filtration, centrifugation and thickening, packed beds and fluidisation, flotation and powder storage in hoppers. The combination and variety of topics in this subject provides students ...
Detailed Information CHEN90018
|Chemical Engineering ElectiveElective||12.5|
Chemical Engineering Elective
See handbook for elective choices.
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|Chemical Engineering Design ProjectCore||25|
Chemical Engineering Design Project
This unit requires the students to undertake a major design task utilising the knowledge gained throughout the chemical 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 constru...
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|Strategy Execution for EngineersCore||12.5|
Strategy Execution for Engineers
AIMS This subject emphasises the critical nature of Operations Management as an essential part of a competent engineer’s portfolio of knowledge and skills. INDICATIVE CONTENT Topics include: Clarifying how the core concepts of operations management (including both processes and projects) help organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantageManaging the integration of technology, people, functions and operating systems to support the complex processes underlying the development and manufacture of products and the creation and delivery of servicesHow organisations develop their core processes and project management capabilities and manage through them and how new technologies alter...
Detailed Information ENGM90013
|Engineering Contracts and ProcurementCore||12.5|
Engineering Contracts and Procurement
In this subject students will learn how to structure and work with engineering contracts to deliver and procure engineering outcomes. Students will develop a working knowledge of contract administration and gain an understanding of commercial out workings of engineering. All engineers interface commercially with engineering contracts throughout their careers and thus the application of the subject content is broad. Those seeking to work as a contractor and as a contract administrator will find direct application of this subject’s content. INDICATIVE CONTENTCommercial management of engineering projects including the role and responsibilities of corporate managers, market analysis, structur...
Detailed Information ENGM90006