Course Title: Polymer Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Polymer Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Professor Namita Roy Choudhury

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2332

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.27, 10.10.22

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you have a background in  chemistry to at least first-year university level knowledge or equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities. 

The course builds on your basic knowledge of flow properties and fundamentals of materials processing developed in earlier years, which will lead to further specialization in polymer processing. This course considers basic concepts of polymer science & nanostructured polymer, advanced polymer engineering with viscoelasticity, toughening of polymers and gels and advanced polymer processing including 3D printing, electrospinning, specialist topics in polymer processing, which uses knowledge of flow and material properties to predict the effects of processing parameters on properties and quality of product.

Course Description

The course has been designed to provide students with a strong foundation on polymer science and engineering, and an understanding of advanced processing and fabrication methods of polymers, polymer nanocomposites and their characterisation with specific examples. It has been designed to provide an understanding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of polymer engineering, and an understanding of advanced processing and fabrication methods of polymers and nanocomposites with specific examples and their structure-property-performance relationship.

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. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes:

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

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

 Engineering Application Ability

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

This course aims to develop the fundamental, critical thinking, problem solving skills of students who will be subsequently working as professional engineer with a specialisation in the area of polymer engineering.

At the end of this course the student will be able to:
- Develop understanding of topics in polymer materials or processes relevant to the chemical industry
- Predict how changes to materials or processes will affect the design of polymer processing equipment and products

-Develop a systematic approach to solving problems in areas related to polymer engineering
- Understand how sustainable processing or system may be applied to the polymer industry.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use pre-recorded lecture videos, self-directed reading to develop the knowledge and skills that are essential for chemical engineers working in the polymer industry. Assignments and class tests will be used to test your understanding of the fundamentals and principles of polymer engineering.

Overview of Learning Resources

 There is a good collection of text books available in the RMIT Library in Swanston St and Cardigan St. You will be able to access course information and all learning materials (lecture notes, slides, etc.) through MyRMIT Studies (Canvas). Apart from a range of useful resources that are available in the library, a reading list will be provided in Canvas. 

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

 ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

You will have the opportunity to undertake assessment tasks both individually and in group. During the first half of the semester, you will develop your fundamental knowledge and problem solving skills and work on different problems related to polymerisation reaction, polymer solubility and crystallization behaviour. There will be two time limited tests. The first assessment task is a group assignment  which gives you an opportunity to work in a team and apply the knowledge acquired from this course and other relevant courses. In the second half, you will develop skills on more process engineering, sustainability and practical applications. The final assessment task is an individual assignment. Overall assessment will be based on timed test, individual and group collaborative performance.


Task 1: Time limited test (combination of MCQ, problem solving, and short question). 
Weighting 25%
This test supports CLOs 1 and 2.

Task 2: Group assignment
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3.

Task 3: Time limited test (combination of MCQ, problem solving, and short question).
Weighting 25%
This test supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Task 4: Individual assignment
Weighting 25%
This test supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3.