Course Title: Chemical Engineering Design Project 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemical Engineering Design Project 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Prof Raj Parthasarathy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2941

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.26

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is the first half of a project that comprises two sequential courses (Chemical Engineering Design Project 1 and 2) and is a capstone for all students studying chemical engineering. The courses cover all the steps required to design a fully operational process plant. You will work on the design of an assigned project selected from a diverse range of process industries such as chemical, food, petroleum, petrochemical, polymer, mineral, biochemical, environmental, etc. The successful completion of the Chemical Engineering Design Project involves the application of a wide range of skills taught throughout the program such as chemical engineering fundamentals, data gathering, project management, safety considerations, environmental considerations, economic evaluation, leadership and membership of teams, report writing and project presentation.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. Part of your work will advised by and be assessed by a practicing design professional. You may also be involved in plant visits.

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 Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and associated double degrees for students who commenced their program prior to 2023:

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.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and associated double degrees for students who commenced their program in 2023:

  • PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.  
  • PLO3: Apply engineering research principles, methods and contemporary technologies and practices to plan and execute projects taking into account ethical, environmental and global impacts.     
  • PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 
  • PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
  • PLO6: Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct.  
  • PLO7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.   

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Work effectively in a team environment
  2. Conduct a feasibility study for the design of a process taking into consideration the social, environmental and economic impacts.
  3. Present and justify your work to an audience.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will work collaboratively with your peers to gather the necessary data and perform analysis so as to design a process plant. The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to notes, videos and research literature.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements and consists of the following assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Preliminary report (Group report)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Feasibility study report (Group Report)
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Presentation
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Note: Marks for the Preliminary report and Feasibility Study report will be subject to peer assessment.