Course Title: Process Systems Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Process Systems Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Nicky Eshtiaghi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9554

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.13

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have completed the majority of Chemical Engineering 2nd year courses and to be currently enrolled in PROC2089 Process Plant Design and Economics.

Course Description

This course develops critical thinking and problem solving skills in the design and analysis of process systems. It provides you with the tools to design and analyse integrated processes involving several unit operations, a situation that more clearly reflects typical industrial applications. You are assigned a major project that is worked on in groups.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) and associated double degrees.

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, innovative and 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

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Review various alternative processes and select the most suitable one to achieve the desired technical outcome while satisfying the environmental, social and financial requirements of stakeholders
  2. Design a process system to produce a specified product
  3. Analyse the impact of operational, technical, safety and environmental issues on process system design
  4. Explain and apply basic design equations and concepts  to develop technical competency

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectorial sessions, tutorials, self-directed learning, project group work and project supervision are all components of this course. Lectorial sessions and tutorials covering specific topics will assist you to successfully complete your project. There is a 2-hour lectorial session in most weeks covering topics such as process description and selection, sustainability, multicomponent distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, safety analysis, and water treatment and environmental analysis. Weekly meetings with respective supervisors / industry consultants are also scheduled to guide your work and to provide feedback on milestones for each stage of the project. It is expected that you will spend about 6 hours on Unisim to simulate and optimise the process selected.

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in class/lab. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include prescribed text books and course notes. In addition, a number of additional text books, journal articles and online materials will be recommended for reference. The details of text books and other references will be made available on Canvas. Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Prescribed Texts

W. D. Seider, et. al., (2004), "Product and Process Design Principles", Wiley, N. Y.        

R. K. Sinnot, (2005), "Chemical Engineering Design", Elsevier, Boston.   


R. Turton, et. al., (2009), "Analysis, Synthesis and Design of Chemical Processes", Prentice Hall, USA.           

R. M. Felder and R. W. Rousseau, (2005), "Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes", Wiley, N. Y.           

Other Resources

Aspen/Hysys package for steady state process simulation

Excel for mass/energy balances and design calculations

Visio or Autocad for PFD preparation

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

The overall assessment has been divided in the following components.

The results from your peer assessment will be used to adjust your mark for the submitted reports:

Task 1: Group Mid-semester report 30%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 1

Task 2: Group final report 50%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 2, and 3

Task 3: End-of-semester-test  20%

This assessment tasks supports CLO 4, time limited test in timed window