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Chemical Product Development (CHEN90035)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEN90035
Summer Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Internationally, approximately fifty percent of chemical engineers are employed in positions related to chemical product development and design. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concepts behind chemical product design. This includes an introduction to the chemical product design method as well as the concept of management or decision gates in the process. This will include both educational and real world examples of how chemical product development takes advantage of fundamental aspects of chemical engineering including transport diffusion, chemical kinetics, interfacial phenomena and microstructure and flow.


Chemical product design approach and the four key aspects, different class of chemical products. Estimation of chemical product design specifications based on diffusion, reaction and transport phenomena. The role of surfaces in processing and materials manufacture. How to use a basic knowledge of interfacial phenomena to control the microstructure of a chemical product. At an introductory level, how inter-particle forces affect coagulation, dispersion and stability criterion as well as parameters that influence flow and gelation properties. The role of molecular additives in controlling dispersion and emulsion and stability in an applied framework, such as using HLB index.

Intended learning outcomes

Understand the chemical product design approach and the four key aspects of this process as well as the different classes of chemical products (ME ILOs 1,3)

Generic skills

  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

Eligibility and requirements


CHEN40003 Reactor Engineering (Prior to 2010) OR

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEN30001 Reactor Engineering
Semester 1


CHEN40003 Reactor Engineering (Prior to 2010) OR

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEN30005 Heat and Mass Transport Processes
Semester 1
Semester 2


ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics (Prior to 2013) OR

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENGR30002 Fluid Mechanics
Semester 1
Semester 2


Admission into MC-ENG Master of Engineering 200 point (Chemical or Biochemical)



Non-allowed subjects


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


  • Continuous assessment comprising regular assignments including prac. based questions and analysis integrated into the assignment
  • words
During the teaching period30%
  • Summer Term only
  • A written report (2000 word) on the design of commercial chemical product. Partial draft due in week 2 and complete report due in week 4.
  • 2000 words
Week 430%
  • Summer Term only
  • One 1-hour mid-semester examination in week 2.
  • hours
Week 215%
  • Summer Term only
  • One 1-hour end-of-semester examination in week 4.
  • hours
Week 415%
  • Summer Term only
  • An oral presentation (15 min.) on the design of a commercial chemical product in week 4.
  • 15 minutes
Week 410%

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 2 January 2019 to 1 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 January 2019
    Census date11 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail25 January 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 February 2019

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Chemical Product Development (1):


    Biochemical Engineering (2):

    M. Shuler and F. Kargi, Bioprocess Engineering, Second edition

    The Literature and Culture of Australia (3):

    Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding. 1987

    Nicholas Jose, ed. The Literature of Australia: An Anthology. 2009

    Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel. 2000

    Jill Ker Conway, The Road from Coorain. 1989

    Doris Pilkington, Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. 1996

  • 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: 19 July 2019