Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is Part B of a multi-sequence. Part A must be successfully completed before undertaking Part B.

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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Design a chemical process.

2. Demonstrate an appreciation of aspects related to equipment, location costs and regulatory issues.

3. Apply chemical engineering knowledge and project management skills in real situations.

4. Promote professional characteristics and team work activities.

5. Produce a design report equivalent to a feasibility study.


Students will be paired with a suitable academic mentor through this design course.  Students are expected to interact with their mentor on a regular basis as negotiated with that mentor.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of all Year 1-3 courses.

Assessment items

Report: Report

Presentation: Seminar *

Participation: Workshop participation

Project: Group project

* 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.

Contact hours



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

Meetings with an academic supervisor

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