Course Title: Process Systems Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Process Systems Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Luis Alban

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2332

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 7.4.08

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday from 10 am to 12 noon

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PROC 2054: Modelling, Simulation and Process Control

  • Mass and energy balance equations  
  • Tuning methods for feedback controllers
  • Simulation of feedback controllers using Simulink
  • Basis in Matlab programming

Course Description

This course provides the knowledge and the skills in modelling and simulation of chemical process systems aimed at designing control strategies currently applied in industry. It covers control design and process optimisation using advanced techniques such as cascade control, ratio control, multivariable control, feedforward control, and process identification. Matlab, Simulink and Toolboxes are the available software to perform modelling, simulation and control design. Real-time control is also an important part of this course and is done in HYSYS.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the main elements of advanced process control
  • Move from the conventional feedback control schemes to more advanced techniques of process control 
  • Simulate advanced control systems of typical commercial operations
  • Perform control optimisation using real-time simulation

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the main limitations of applying conventional feedback techniques to control processes
  • Implement advanced control systems to improve the controllability of process variables in typical commercial operations
  • Be aware of the benefits of implementing advanced control techniques on product quality and safety

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their applications will be explained and illustrated in:

  • Lecture presentation
  • Tutorial work
  • Assignments
  • On line material with sets of self-assessed questions  

Overview of Learning Resources

Suitable resources for this course include an on-line learning package, tutorial material distributed in each session, and simulation software. The learning package can also be obtained in hard copy form from the RMIT bookshop.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to clearly implement advanced control techniques in process operations will be assessed by written tasks. They may include assignments and a main final exam.