Course Title: Polymer Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Polymer Engineering 1

Credit Points: 6.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof. Margaret Jollands

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2089

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PROC2050 Chemical Engineering Applications

Course Description

This course builds on knowledge of fluid flow and heat transfer and fundamentals of polymer processing developed in 2nd year, and leads into further specialization in polymer processing in later years. This course considers design principles for polymerisation reactors, specialist topics in polymer processing, and uses knowledge of flow and material properties to predict the effects of processing parameters on properties and quality of product.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the end of this course the student will be able to:
- Understand specialist topics in polymer materials or processes relevant to the chemical industry
- Predict how changes to materials or process will affect the design of polymer processing equipment and products
- Understand how sustainability principles may be applied to the polymer industry

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

- Undertake research into developments in polymer recycling techology and analyse what are the commercial benefits of the development

- Undertake research into a commercialised new development in polymer processing and analyse what are the commercial benefits of the development

- Present a topic of interest in polymer material or process development

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use lectures, self-directed reading and field trips to develop the knowledge and skills that are essential for chemical engineers working in the polymer industry. Assignments, presentations and examinations will be used to test your understanding of the fundamentals and principles of polymer engineering.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no prescribed texts for this course. There are a good collection of text books available in the RMIT Library in Swanston St and Cardigan St. The internet provides a range of useful resources. There is a DLS site.

Overview of Assessment

Assignments (20%), presentation (10%), exams (70%)