Course Title: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

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 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Nhol Kao

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 10, level 12, room 28D

Course Coordinator Availability: To be advised in class

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces basic mass and energy balances as preparation for subsequent courses in design and analysis of material processes. The general mass and energy balances for carefully defined systems are key to many process engineering topics. These include heat transfer, fluid flow, mass transfer and reaction engineering for physical, chemical, metallurgical and biological processes. All these processes begin with general mass and energy balances. Balancing mass and energy flows is an integral part of every process plant design.

The aim of this course is to develop fundamental, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in solving mass and energy balances – the skills that you will need in later years in solving mass and heat transfer, fluid flow and reaction engineering problems associated with physical, chemical, metallurgical or biological processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcome 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.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Develop a systematic approach to the solution of mass and energy balance problems.
  2. Present worked solutions to problems in a systematic and professional manner using conventional chemical, mathematical and engineering notation and symbols.
  3. Recognise a wide range of chemical, environmental, metallurgical and polymer processes.
  4. Approach new and unfamiliar processes with schematic confidence.
  5. Demonstrate responsibility for your own learning and the skills to teach yourself and others

Overview of Learning Activities

Teacher directed learning activities comprise the scheduled lecture and tutorial sessions. Lectures will provide a guide to the scope of practical learning whereas tutorials will provide examples and guidance in calculation/problem solving methods. The scheduled face-to-face lectures, tutorials and directed reading are designed to develop your knowledge and skills in selected topics.   

Total study hours: You will spend 3 hours per week in lecture and tutorial sessions.  You will be expected to spend 4 – 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 other materials, when applicable via Blackboard LMS.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:   Task 1: Assignment (10 Class Activities) (20%) This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5   Task 2: Closed Book Mid-Semester Test (30%) This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5   Task 3: Closed Book End of Semester Exam (50%) This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5