Students who have undertaken the Chemical Systems major will be able to rigorously integrate fundamental science in chemical engineering to provide accurate information and optimum solutions to practical problems involving basic chemical processing systems. More specifically, core skills and knowledge that will be developed include: fundamental scientific comprehension that will lead to accurate computer modelling of process systems, analytical and abstract thinking, problem-solving and design skills, ability to carry out laboratory experiments to eliminate or confirm possible solutions to complex problems. In all levels of this major, we will ensure the development of excellent communication skills that will enable our graduates to deliver complex scientific information in a clear and concise fashion.
The Chemical Systems major provides a direct pathway for admission to Masters in Engineering programs in chemical and biochemical engineering. These Masters programs will be accredited and recognized internationally as professional engineering degrees. Students graduating from these programs will be ready to work in a range of chemical and biochemical engineering industries anywhere in the world.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major the student is expected to:
- have gained a broad knowledge of the various engineering disciplines and the roles for different engineers within large projects;
- recognise the context in which chemical engineering projects take place, in terms of culture, society and the physical environment;
- have gained in-depth knowledge in the chemical engineering fields of material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, momentum, heat and mass transport, reaction engineering and chemical process analysis;
- have gained the ability to perform safety risk analysis, and understand the features of effective safety management systems and safety cultures;
- be able to assess and compare the environmental impacts of a project;
- have developed problem solving skills that may be applied in professional practice, recognising that solutions may require the analysis of unknown, conflicting or unreliable data;
- be able to work effectively as a team member;
- be able to communicate engineering concepts using both written reports and through oral presentations.