Course Title: Design Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Gregory Griffin

Course Coordinator Phone: (61 3) 9925 2200

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.33

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PROC2089 Process Plant Design & Economics

Course Description

The Design Project course is a capstone for all students studying chemical engineering. The course covers all the steps required to design a fully operational process plant. You will work on the design of an assigned project selected from a diverse range of process industries such as chemical, food, petroleum, petrochemical, polymer, mineral, biochemical, environmental, etc. The successful completion of the Design Project involves the application of a wide range of skills taught throughout the program such as chemical engineering fundamentals, data gathering, project management, safety considerations, environmental considerations, economic evaluation, leadership and membership of teams, report writing and project presentation.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.  Part of your work will advised by and be assessed by a practicing design professional.  You may also be involved in plant visits.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and associated double degrees.

1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Conduct a feasibility study for the design of a process taking into consideration the social, environmental and economic impacts.
  2. Design a major piece of equipment taking into account technical, economic and safety considerations
  3. Design an industrial process applying chemical engineering principles
  4. Present and justify your work to an audience.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will work collaboratively with your peers to gather the necessary data and perform analysis so as to design a process plant.  As an individual, you will design a major piece of equipment from the plant.  The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

Total study hours: You will spend 1 hour per week consulting with your design supervisor about your design.  You will be expected to spend 12 – 16 hours per week performing data analysis, writing your design reports and performing independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to notes, videos and research literature.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Task 1: Feasibility study report (Group Report)

Weighting - 25%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1

Task 2: Major equipment design report (Individual Report)

Weighting - 40%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 2

Task 3: Final Design report (Group Report)

Weighting – 25%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 3

Task 4:Oral Presentation

Weighting – 10%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 4

Note: Marks for the feasibility and final reports will be subject to peer assessment.