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Chemical Engineering Research Project (CHEN90023)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90023
Summer Term
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


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 provides students with an opportunity to develop these skills and to develop an appreciation of the importance of lifelong learning.


The exact content covered in the subject will depend to some extent on the nature of the research project. Topics covered will most probably include literature searches, laboratory safety, risk assessment, data modelling, data analysis, error analysis and report writing.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practics Hurdle (EPH).

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Plan and conduct an independent research project in the chemical engineering field
  • Communicate their research aims and outcomes orally to an audience of their peers
  • Analyse experimental data using appropriate statistical method
  • Evaluate and present their findings in a detailed written 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
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • 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
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed at least 125 points towards the 300 point Master of Engineering (Chemical) and (Chemical with Business) degree. This is inclusive of any advanced standing (i.e. For example, 100 points of advanced standing would only require a student to have completed 25 points of credit before enrolling).



Non-allowed subjects

Credit will not be given for this subject and the following subjects:

CHEN40008 Research Project

BIEN40001 Biomolecular Engineering Research Project

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIEN90001 Biochemical Engineering Research Project
Summer Term
Semester 1
CHEN90026 Chemical Engineering Minor Research Proj
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2

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



  • A written report of up to 35 pages, not including appendices, diagrams, tables, computations and computer output (50%). Time commitment of approximately 180-200 hours. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 2 to 4 will be assessed through the student's written report. Written reports will be submitted during the first week of the exam period.
  • A 15 minute oral presentation supported either by powerpoint slides or a poster with a further 15 minutes for response to questions (25%). Time commitment of approximately 80-100 hours. ILOs 2 to 4 will be assessed through the student's presentation. Oral presentations will be assessed in the last 2 weeks of semester.
  • Conduct will be assessed on the student's understanding of their project and their active particpation in the project (25%). ILO 1 will be assessed through the student's performance in research workspace. Assessed throughout the teaching periods within semester.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Principal coordinatorPaul Webley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hour lecture (first week of semester only) + 5 x 1 hour lectures in the next few weeks of semester
    Total time commitment400 hours
    Teaching period26 November 2018 to 17 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date12 December 2018
    Census date31 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 1 March 2019

    Summer Term contact information

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorPaul Webley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hour lecture (first week of semester only) + 5 x 1 hour lectures in the next few weeks of semester
    Total time commitment400 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 June 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • July
    Principal coordinatorPaul Webley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hour lecture (first week of semester only) + 5 x 1 hour lectures in the next few weeks of semester
    Total time commitment400 hours
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date24 July 2019
    Census date 2 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 October 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated 400 hours

Additional delivery details

Laboratory, computer or literature-based research project (independent or team-based).

Research Project is usually completed in Semester 1 or 2, however, as a special arrangement, Research Project may be undertaken in Summer Semester with the approval of the subject co-ordinator.

Three weeks prior to the semester commencing students will be informed of available research projects on offer for the upcoming semester. Students will then need to inform the subject coordinator of their 3 preferred projects. Allocations will be finalised and students informed 1 week prior to the semester commencing.

It may be possible to complete your Research Project overseas at another university. If this is of interest, please discuss it with the Subject Co-ordinator.

Further information

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  • Subject notes


    Students will receive one-on-one instruction on how to complete an open-ended research project on some topic in chemical engineering. They will undertake a project either individually or as part of a team of two or three students. Students will take responsibility for their time management setting priorities and establishing a program that will allow them complete their project within the time allowed.


    Students will be guided throughout their project by one or two researchers associated with the research activity that they have been assigned to. These researches will be their guides and mentors on the project. Students will also be provided with access to key relevant research papers. They will be expected to identify further material which they will be able to access through the University Library system. Students will also have access to appropriate software packages.


    Many of the projects that will usually be available to the students will relate to some problem or activity found in the process industries.

  • 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: 13 June 2019