Course Title: Transfer Processes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transfer Processes

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: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Lester

Course Coordinator Phone: first contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 10, Level 10, Room 17

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PROC2079 Fluid and Particle Mechanics

PROC2082 Heat and Mass Transfer

Course Description

The course provides tools to carry out the process design of operations involving mass transfer. The subject matter covers treatment of separation processes based on the concepts of stage wise and differential mass transfer. Process design integrates knowledge from other courses (for example PROC2089 Process Plant Design and Economics and PROC2090 Process Control and Simulation) to enable appropriate equipment design. Extensive use is made of industrial examples and analogies between the various transport mechanisms to encourage lateral thinking.

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.

1.1 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. Determine the number of trays for a binary distillation tower
  2. Calculate the height requirements for a water cooling tower
  3. Conduct process design calculations for mass transfer operations of driers/drying processes
  4. Undertake process design calculations for mass transfer operations of liquid-liquid extraction

Overview of Learning Activities

A detailed weekly lecture plan is available for download from Canvas. Teacher directed learning activities involve scheduled lecture and tutorial sessions. Lectures will provide a guide to the main concepts of selected topics, whereas tutorials will provide examples and guidance in calculation methods. The scheduled lectures, tutorials, and directed reading are designed to develop your knowledge and skills in selected topics. 

Total study hours: You will average between 2 to 3 hours per week in teacher directed hours including tutorials. You are expected to spend an additional 4 to 6 hours per week reviewing pre-recorded lecture materials, preparing assessments and independent  study. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to lecture notes, tutorials (plus solutions), lecture videos and other materials, when applicable.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:
Task 1: Tutorial (8 class activities) (25%) This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4
Task 2: Open Book online Formative Quiz (15%)
(worked solutions will be uploaded and marked) This assessment task supports CLOs 1-2
Task 3: Open Book online MCQ (20%) This assessment task supports CLO 1
Task 4: Project (40%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4