Course Title: Process Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Process Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Lester

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 0956

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (PROC2077).
It is also recommended that you should have completed or be concurrently undertaking PROC2079 Fluid flow & Particle Mechanics and PROC 2080 Thermodynamics courses

Course Description

This is a problem based learning course that focuses on mass and energy balance and their application in the design of industrial processes. You work in a group on a specific project. You must choose an appropriate process, and carry out a preliminary process and plant design. The project is open ended and aims to integrate your knowledge of mass and energy balances, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course addresses the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6.Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3. Creative, innovativeand 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


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Select an appropriate process and carry out material and energy balance on a part of the plant
  2. Evaluate the impact and significance of the process from social, environmental, technical and economic contexts
  3. Prepare a process flow diagram (PFD) that shows details of all processing operations
  4. Present the values of flow rates, composition, temperature and pressure of all major process streams in a tabular format
  5. Perform mass and energy balances for the entire process to determine the process parameters such as process stream flow rate, heat duty and temperature
  6. Perform the process calculations using an appropriate software program
  7. Carry out preliminary sizing of an nominated piece of equipment
  8. Identify suitable materials of construction for major process equipment and pipelines
  9. Estimate the approximate cost of the process plant.

Overview of Learning Activities

Group work, interteaching tutorials, workshops, self-directed learning, design project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials will be provided through myRMIT or in class. Lists of reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

Written reports, test/s, presentation/s. Team work will contribute towards your final assessment.