Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course advances your learning and experience in experimental aspects of a number of areas of chemical engineering. Both fundamental aspects, such as kinetics and reaction engineering, process control, heat and mass transfer and fluid flow as well as more applied topics will be covered. The course will not only serve to reinforce fundamental principles of chemical engineering, but also to the application of the technology. The course emphasises and reinforces topics and principles introduced in lectures through experiential learning in the laboratory and with practical work in general. In successfully completing the course you will develop report-writing skills and the ability to critique experimental data and techniques.

Students must attend and pass the WH&S laboratory induction requirements before attending labs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE3841. Students who have successfully completed CHEE3841 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE3825.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying chemical engineering through practical experimentation

2. Show an understanding of the issues related to experimental aspects of chemical engineering

3. Exhibit expertise relevant to the practice of engineering

4. Show management skills related to planning, developing and report writing activities

5. Demonstrate some understanding of the professional obligations related to the discipline of engineering, with a special emphasis of the development of safe working practices during laboratory exercises


You will operate in small groups, but submit separate written reports, with each experiment taking one or two weeks to complete. The report formats will be specified during the course. The following experiments are indicative of those that may be covered in this course: • Packed and fluidised bed behaviour in a solid-liquid system • Mass transfer from falling liquid drops • An analysis of simple liquid mixing • A study of binary distillation in a packed column • Flotation kinetics of an ore • Reaction kinetics in a tubular flow reactor • Stirred tank power studies • Water softening and ion exchange


This course replaces CHEE3841. If you have successfully completed CHEE3841 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Pre-Lab Report 1 to 4

Report: Laboratory Report 1 to 4

Presentation: Seminar

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - To pass the course, students must attend laboratory sessions; see Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 4.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Laboratory Induction WH&S Requirement ¿ Before attending laboratory sessions students must complete the mandatory Laboratory Induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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