Course Title: Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Torben Daeneke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8969

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.16

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces the basic concepts of chemical engineering. Mass and energy balances will be introduced as preparation for subsequent courses in design and analysis of material processes. The general mass and energy balances for carefully defined systems are key to many process engineering topics. These include heat transfer, fluid flow, mass transfer and reaction engineering for physical, chemical, metallurgical and biological processes. All these processes begin with general mass and energy balances. Balancing mass and energy flows is an integral part of every process plant design.


The aim of this course is to develop fundamental, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in solving mass and energy balances – the skills that you will need in later years in solving mass and heat transfer, fluid flow and reaction engineering problems associated with physical, chemical, metallurgical or biological processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Develop a systematic approach to the solution of mass and energy balance problems;
  2. Present worked solutions to problems in a systematic and professional manner using conventional chemical, mathematical and engineering notation and symbols;
  3. Recognise a wide range of chemical, environmental, metallurgical and polymer processes;
  4. Approach new and unfamiliar processes with schematic confidence; and
  5. Demonstrate responsibility for your own learning and the skills to teach yourself and others.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH079P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours)
BH126 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:
BH073P22 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH076 Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)(Honours)
BH085CEHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
BH092SSHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BH100SSHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Eng) (Honours) / Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
BH122CEHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)(Honours) / Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

1 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.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide

Overview of Learning Activities

Teacher directed learning activities comprise scheduled tutorial sessions. Pre-recorded lecture videos will provide a guide to the scope of practical learning whereas tutorials will provide examples and guidance in calculation/problem solving methods. The lecture videos, scheduled face-to-face tutorials and directed reading are designed to develop your knowledge and skills in selected topics.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to pre-recorded lecture videos, lecture notes, tutorials (plus solutions), and other materials, when applicable via the Learning Management System.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:

Task 1: Assignments (Class Activities) (20%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5

Task 2: Weekly Quiz (15%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-5

Task 3: Test (40%) This test will be a 1-hour test that may be taken any time within a 24-hour period. 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4

Task 4: Report (25%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-5.