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Process Engineering (CHEN90013)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90013
Semester 1
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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.


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.

Intended 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.

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.

Last updated: 26 June 2019