Course Title: Reaction Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Reaction Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

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 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Greg Griffin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2200

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Room 10.12.33

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CHEM1031 Chemistry of Materials 2

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to reactor design and an awareness of practical applications in real systems. It aims to establish basic tools and methodologies for carrying out analysis of simple reaction systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain and apply basic equations for batch and steady state continuous reactors
  2. Evaluate and simulate a number of homogeneous systems using continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR), plug flow reactor (PFR) and packed bed reactor (PBR) models.
  3. Derive simple kinetic models for biochemical and catalytic reaction processes
  4. Use a computer design package for the simulation of simple systems and compare with manual calculations.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in workshops, tutorials and laboratory sessions.  You will work individually with the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers in tutorials, to perform assignments and in laboratory sessions.  The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

Total study hours: You will spend between 2 to 4 hours per week in tutorial and work shop sessions.  You will be expected to spend 4 to 6 hours per week reviewing online lecture material and performing independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to lecture notes, tutorials (plus solutions), lecture videos and design software.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Task 1: Tutorial exercises conducted over the semester (these also constitute some of the early assessment tasks)

Weighting  9%

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1, 2 and 3

Task 2: Mid-semester test

Weighting  21%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 4

Task 4: Laboratory report

Weighting  10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Final Exam

Weighting –50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,  2 and 3