Course Title: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design

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


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Liam Ward

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1713

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.12

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will focus on adopting a systematic approach to understanding and solving some of the many fundamental and important design issues that are associated with industrial operations of paramount importance to Chemical Engineers. The course aims to provide you with the tools and resources to solve some of these process design issues. This is a project-based course where you will work in teams on an open-ended design problem on a particular chosen process, integrating the knowledge gained in previous first year courses. Depending on the nature of the project the emphasis and specific details of design issues may vary from year to year to incorporate important concepts ranging from detailed analysis of unit operations; materials selection; design and fabrication; details of the key operating parameters and process variables; and principles of mass and energy balances associated with the design. Strong emphasis will be placed on the sustainable development of the process and addressing important triple bottom line issues related to that process.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours):

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
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. Discuss the important design issues and considerations for systematically analysing the chosen process 
2. Define a rational approach for analysing and implementing these design issues
3. Analyse the open literature available on key design issues of the process
4. Describe the functional requirements for particular components and their operation, and design approaches to meet these requirements
5. Apply concepts and principles of sustainable development to the design process
6. Communicate ideas, concepts and design issues in a clear, concise and logical fashion both verbally and in writing

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be working in groups and developing skills in various aspects of design related to chemical engineering processes, through self-directed learning activities and interactive group sessions.  You will enhance knowledge and skills in these areas through interactive lectures, on line notes and meetings with a group supervisor. The course is supported by Canvas. 

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of two hours per week in the class room and group meetings. In addition, you can expect to spend up to eight hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials will be provided through Canvas or in class. Lists of reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. The Chemical Engineering Subject Guide provides useful references for Chemical Process design technologies. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of the relevant design aspects of chemical processes that are being considered, which include group assignments focused on detailed design considerations of chemical processes and an individual test on the knowledge gained and understanding from your design studies and material provided to support these studies. You and your colleagues will also be required to give up to two short group presentations based on the findings from your process designs.

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Assignment
This task is in three sections:

Assignment Milestone 1 - Weighting 10%
Assignment Milestone 2 - Weighting 15%
Assignment Milestone 3 - Weighting 20%

(Total Weighting of Assignment - 45%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,

Assessment Task 2: Presentation
This task is in two parts

Mid Semester Presentation - Weighting 5%
Final Presentation - Weighting 10%

(Total Weighting of Presentation - 15%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6

Assessment Task 3: Test

Mid Semester Test- Weighting 15%
Final Test- Weighting 25%

(Total Weighting of Test - 40%)
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,4,5,6

Marking rubrics are available for the assignments and presentations. Feedback, both formative and summative, is provided to the students via the group meetings and Canvas.