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Process Engineering Case Studies (CHEN30015)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCHEN30015
Semester 2
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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 techniques and an understanding of waste management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Technical report writing.


Several assessment tasks combine to form a capstone project. Within this project students, in teams of three or four, perform design tasks related to the development of a waste treatment facility. This capstone project culminates in an Environmental Effects Statement assignment. Several industry speakers, from the waste and environmental areas, talk and provide content to aid with this assignment.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Approach and solve open-ended design problems in process engineering
  2. Be congisant of the context in which engineering processes take place
  3. Use pinch analysis and energy analysis techniques to minimise plantwide energy consumption
  4. Perform HAZOP and QRA safety Analyses
  5. Construct an Environmental Impact Assessment
  6. Use sustainable engineering practices, such as Life Cycle Analysis
  7. Write a professional engineering technical report.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  • 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
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development.

Last updated: 29 April 2017