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Safety and Sustainability Case Studies (CHEN30015)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
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. Both hypothetical and real case studies from the process engineering field are used throughout the subject.

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 Chemical Process Engineering facility. This capstone project culminates in an Environmental Effects Statement assignment. Several industry speakers, from the process engineering 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:

  • Approach and solve open-ended design problems in the field of process engineering
  • Be cognisant of the context in which engineering processes take place
  • Write a professional engineering technical report
  • Use high-level team management techniques
  • Gain advanced skills in the use of process engineering software
  • Be able to lay out a Chemical Process Engineering facility
  • Understand, design and modify Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
  • Access and use Australian Standards for equipment design
  • Use pinch and energy analysis techniques to minimise plantwide energy consumption
  • Perform HAZOP and QRA safety analyses
  • Construct an Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Use sustainable engineering techniques, such as Life Cycle Analysis

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: 8 June 2019