Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course will introduce you to a number of principles and concepts that are fundamental to chemical engineering. The course gives real-life examples of process industries to provide you with the context engineering in practice. As part of this course you will also be given training in producing technical drawings such as piping and instrumentation diagrams (PandID), and provided with an introduction to safe workshop practice.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Introduce first year students to fundamental chemical engineering concepts and principles.

2. Develop safe workshop procedures and skills, and demonstrate the correct use of basic hand tools.

3. Produce piping and instrumentation diagrams (PandID) and other technical drawings to an acceptable standard using AutoCAD PandID, Visio and/or similar packages.

4. Improve written communication skills.

5. Develop problem solving skills and encourage decision making.


  1. Correct use of units, unit conversions, and unit analysis, when performing complex engineering-based calculations.
  2. Material and energy balances as applied to engineering situations.
  3. Industrial examples of chemical engineering principles in practice.
  4. The use of computer programs such as Visio, AutoCAD PandID or similar packages to produce technical drawings, for example piping and instrumentation diagrams (PandID).
  5. Workshop practice; including machining experience, welding, fabrication, and practical exercises involving assembly, installation and operation of typical process plant equipment such as pumps, motors, valves, heat exchangers and gearboxes.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Project: Design Manufacture Project

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Quizzes

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - In order to complete this course students must participate in timetabled Workshop sessions. See course objective 2. Details of the assessment criteria for participation in the Workshops will be given in the Course Outline and distributed via Blackboard. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Laboratory Manager.
  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction. See course objective 2. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Workshop Manager.

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks starting in week 10

1 hour per week for weeks 10-12.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks starting in week 1

2 hours per week for weeks 1-9.

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