The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


Students prepare a design for a chemical engineering process which includes aspects related to equipment, location costs and regulatory issues. The design report resulting is equivalent to a feasibility study. Students work in groups, with the objective of establishing communication skills and will need to make deadlines, 'engineering' decisions, perhaps for the first time, and yet must recognise the effect of uncertainties in their decisions on the viability of the design.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE4940. Students who have successfully completed CHEE4940 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE4940B.

Learning outcomes

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

1. To design a chemical process.

2. To develop appreciation of aspects related to equipment, location costs and regulatory issues.

3. To apply chemical engineering knowledge and project management skills into real situations.

4. To promote professional characteristics and team work activities.

5. To produce a design report equivalent to a feasibility study.


Each group is required to:

  1. Prepare a preliminary flow sheet with reasoned (including economic) arguments for the scheme selected and a complete work program.
  2. On the basis of the preliminary flow sheet, carry out a chemical engineering design of the proposal in sufficient detail for the preparation of capital and operating costs, and an estimate of the return on the investment.
  3. Submit a consolidated design project report. This will be comprised of individual student submissions and will include:
  • a) A process flow diagram;
  • b) Material and energy balances, with graphical presentation;
  • c) Instrumentation and control systems;
  • d) Materials handling;
  • e) An operating procedure;
  • f) Plant layout
  • g) Detailed design of a major process component (from each individual student);
  • h) A summary of possible hazards and safety requirements;
  • i) An outline of the selected site, with consideration of economic and environmental factors;
  • j) Construction schedules;
  • k) Capital and operating costs, and the return on investment.

The work program is structured into different phases with deadlines for submission of each phase.

Phase 1.

Complete process selection, process description and preliminary process design including flowsheet. More details will be published on blackboard.

Phase 2

Detailed design of a major process component (one per student). Final report should include the Phase I report. In the finished product, a clear indication of who carried out the work has to be given. More details will be published on blackboard.


The 'A' component of this Multi-Term Sequence Course must be taken prior to enrolment in the 'B' component.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of all Year 1-3 courses.

Assessment items

Report: Reports

Presentation: Seminars *

Participation: Tutorial Participation

Project: Group Effort

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - In order to complete this course students must participate in timetabled oral presentations. See course objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Details of the assessment criteria for oral presentation participation will be given in the Course Outline and distributed via Blackboard. Alternative arrangements to be made on a case-by-case basis with the Course Coordinator.