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Chemical Engineering Minor Thesis (CHEN90030)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90030
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Students will undertake as individuals a high level investigative research 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, 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.

This subject is designed for students who have demonstrated an ability to undertake a research project to a high standard and who wish to continue and extend the project to another semester. The subject is well-suited to students intending to undertake a research higher degree on completion of their Masters program.


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 Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Develop expertise in the methodologies of research in Chemical Engineering
  2. Plan and conduct an individual research project
  3. Present in writing and orally the results of their research.

Generic skills

  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational enquiry and self-directed learning
  • The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • The ability to plan work and use time effectively. Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity.

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have achieved a grade of at least 75% in the following subject

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEN90023 Chemical Engineering Research Project
Summer Term
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

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

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIEN90003 Biochemical Engineering Minor Thesis
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 due during the first week of the exam period at the end of semester
  • 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 scheduled during the last 2 weeks of semester.
  • Conduct will be assessed on the student's understanding and their active participation 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 hours200 hours of supervised research and 1 x 2 hour lecture (first week of semester only) + 5 x 1 hour lectures in the next few weeks of semester
    Teaching period 8 January 2019 to 22 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 January 2019
    Census date18 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 2 March 2019

    Summer Term contact information

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorPaul Webley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours200 hours of supervised research and 1 x 2 hour lecture (first week of semester only) + 5 x 1 hour lectures in the next few weeks of semester
    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

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorPaul Webley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours200 hours of supervised research and 1 x 2 hour lecture (first week of semester only) + 5 x 1 hour lectures in the next few weeks of semester
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated 400 hours (2.5 days per week)

Additional delivery details

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. Students will take responsibility for their time management setting priorities and establishing a program that will allow them to 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 researchers 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.


    This subject will prepare students will for a career in research, laying a solid foundation for a research higher degree program.

  • 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: 21 August 2019