- 480250 - Newcastle (Callaghan)
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This program will be discontinued at the end of 2014, with a new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) program commencing from Semester 1, 2015.
Existing students continuing to study with the University of Newcastle in 2015, will automatically be transferred into the new program. All existing students affected by this change, will be advised prior to enrolment for 2015.
Prospective students looking to commence in 2015, please view the handbook entry for our new program: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical).
Chemical engineering is at the forefront of efforts to address the most significant issues facing the international community in the 21st Century, the provision of potable water, overcoming greenhouse gas emissions, and the establishment of clean energy sources.
Chemical engineering is concerned with the processing of gases, liquids and solids for the purpose of producing everyday products from toothpaste to steel, while also applying their skills to solve environmental problems. Especially in the emerging fields of biotechnology, microfluidics and nanotechnology.
All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit
Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics assumed for Computer, Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering). Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 or have not completed a science-related subject may be admitted but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program
HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 or above).
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
The B Engineering (Chemical) program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours, and shall grade on the WAM equivalent to the following grades (in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743):
A minimum WAM of 77 and a minimum mark of 75 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class 1; a minimum WAM of 72 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 1; a minimum WAM of 67 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 2;
Performance is based on a three year WAM where 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses are weighted by 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
Requirements for qualification for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering include completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Faculty Board. Students are encouraged to obtain and to report on a substantial block of this experience at one time but several shorter periods not less than 2 weeks duration will be accepted.
Further information is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-engineering-and-built-environment/student-resources/industrial-experience
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK), and many other affiliated international organisations, through the Washington Accord.
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) are eligible to apply for membership to Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
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The chemical engineering program is a 4 year program comprising 320 units in which students complete a series of core and elective courses majoring in environmental processing, food and bio-processing, and mineral processing. The core courses focus on fundamental process engineering topics such as: heat and mass transfer; thermo-fluid engineering, particle technology, reaction engineering, separations involving solids, liquids, and gases; process control; plant design for clean and economical processes; project management and research.
Throughout the program, theoretical studies are complemented by practical laboratory and field exercises.
The program is available at Callaghan Campus.
Any students wishing to undertake the program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the Program Convenor for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.
Please Note: Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information
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As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.
Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
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