Course Title: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr. Lei Bao

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9754

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.017B

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed PROC2128 - Intro to Chemical Engineering before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 

Course Description

This course focuses on mass and energy balances as preparation for subsequent courses in the design and analysis of material processes. The mass and energy balances for carefully defined systems are the keys 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. 1.1  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 pre-recorded lecture and tutorial sessions. The pre-recorded 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 tutorials/lectorials and directed reading are designed to develop your knowledge and skills in selected topics.   

Total study hours: You will spend 2-4 hours per week in lectorial 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 Canvas.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:   

Task 1: Knowledge Check Quiz
Weighting: 9%.
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

Task 2: Tutorial Questions
Weighting: 21%.
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

Task 3: Mid-Semester Test
Weighting: 30%.
This test will be a 2 hour test that may be taken any time within a 24 hr period.
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.

Task 4:  End of Semester Test
This test will be a 2 hour test that may be taken any time within a 24 hr period.
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.