Course Title: Engineering Experimental Investigations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Experimental Investigations

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


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,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Naba K Dutta

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0322

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.22

Course Coordinator Availability: To be arranged at the first class

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BH079 Core Courses (Semesters 1-4)

Course Description

Engineering experimental investigations will allow you to perform experiments using chemical unit operations and material testing facilities.  These are conducted over a number of weeks thus providing the opportunity to explore in greater depth about the phenomena important for chemical engineering.  It allows you to develop your scientific and research skills through the observation, recording, evaluation, analyses and reporting of your experimental work and acts as a primer for the research project work you will perform in subsequent years.

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.

1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.4. 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. Model engineering problems by making suitable assumptions
  2. Apply fundamentals of chemical engineering principles in the analysis of experimental data
  3. Apply fundamentals of chemical engineering principles to the solution of design problems using experimental data and derived correlations

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in laboratory sessions.  You will collaborate with your peers to perform laboratory work and writing reports/assignments.  The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system.

Total study hours: You will average between 2 to 4 hours per week in laboratory sessions.  You will be expected to spend 4 to 6 hours per week performing analysis of your experimental results, conducting literature reviews and performing report writing

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to notes, laboratory manuals, experimental apparatus and videos to perform the tasks.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Task 1: First Laboratory  Report (this constitutes  the early assessment task)

Weighting  40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2 and 3

Task 2: First assignment

Weighting  10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2 and 3

Task 3: Second Laboratory  Report

Weighting  40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2 and 3

Task 4: Second assignment

Weighting  10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2 and 3

Note: Marks for the assignments and reports will be subject to peer assessment.