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Chemical Engineering Management (CHEN90020)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90020
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


For long term sustainability, a company must focus on its Triple Bottom Line (Financial performance, Environmental performance and Sociological performance). This subject will cover the key parameters needed to manage performance in each of these areas for both new projects and redevelopments.

This is the key chemical engineering economics subject which introduces students to process plant economics. It is a key subject that is required to be mastered before the capstone Design Project can be attempted.


This subject will include the following topics:

  • Project Management: The stages of a project; how to conduct a feasibility study; team building; communication; network analysis
  • Financial performance: Revenue, capital and operating cost forecasting; simple accounting; profitability analysis and applications
  • Environmental performance: Sustainable development; global warming & emission control; water management
  • Sociological performance: Safety Management; ethics; intellectual property etc.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to

  • Analyse and evaluate competing economic, environmental and social impacts criteria in generating feasibility studies for new projects and re-developments
  • Demonstrate an ability to utilise contemporary project management skills when undertaking large projects
  • Defend decisions made relating to safety, ethics and legal requirements made as a practicing engineer

Generic skills

  • Strong reasoning and analytical skills, particularly when presented with complex and unfamiliar problems
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written forms
  • Skills to work as an efficient and effective team member.

Eligibility and requirements


Both of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEN20011 Chemical Process Analysis
Semester 2
CHEN20010 Material and Energy Balances
Semester 1
Semester 2


Admission into Master of Engineering 200 point program (Chemical or Biochemical)



Non-allowed subjects

CHEN40006 Chemical Engineering Management

CHEN30013 Chemical Engineering Management

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Short quizzes and assignments, not exceeding a total of 3000 words plus accompanying tables and calculations (40%). An overall time commitment of 50-55 hours. Due throughout the semester. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 3 will be assessed in the assignment
  • A 3 hour end of semester exam (60%). ILOs 1 to 3 will be assessed in the examination. Held during the end-of-semester exam period.

Hurdle requirement: The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKathryn Mumford
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursMaximum of 4 hours of lectures per week + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Dr Kathryn Mumford

    Email: mumfordk@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated 200 hours

Further information

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    The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials.


    Students will have access to lecture notes and lecture slides.


    Speakers from industry are regular contributors to this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 30 July 2019