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CHNG2803: Energy and Fluid Systems Practice (2017 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG2803: Energy and Fluid Systems Practice (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Langrish, Timothy
Dr Huang, Jun
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (MATH1001 OR MATH1901) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1903) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1905) AND CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1903) AND ((CHEM1102 OR CHEM1902 OR CHEM1904) OR AMME1961 OR ENGG1960).
Co-Requisites: (CHNG2802 OR ELEC1103) AND CHNG2801.
Brief Handbook Description: CHNG2803 is a practically and theoretically-based course, where students will be introduced to types of problems that the modern chemical engineer may be asked to solve. The material is contemporary in nature, and the projects link with the key concepts taught in CHNG2801 and CHNG2802 and across the curriculum.

The objectives in this unit are to provide an interesting, enjoyable, and challenging introduction to fundamental aspects of chemical engineering, particularly conservation and transport processes involving fluids and energy, as well as to the application of mathematical techniques in typical engineering problems.

In this course there is one overall project. The overall goal of the project work throughout this semester is to build a small cooling tower. This cooling tower may be used to cool water from processes that make the water hot, to humidify air that is cold and dry (as in a Sydney winter) or to dehumidify warm wet air (as in a Sydney summer).

The overall project will be split into two sub-projects: Fluid mechanics- 4 weeks; Heat and mass transfer- 8 weeks.

The project in CHNG2803 addresses transport processes, including the movement of momentum (fluid mechanics), thermal energy (heat transfer) and components with mass. The projects are underpinned by a critical and constructive analysis and best practice in learning and teaching. In addition to the basic knowledge and skills required to pass this unit, the development of an understanding sufficient to enable you to tackle new and unfamiliar problems will be emphasized. You will learn to work in largely unsupervised groups and to be responsible for managing your individual and group performance.
Assumed Knowledge: Ability to conduct mass and energy balances, and the integration of these concepts to solve real chemical engineering problems Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. Ability to use mathematics of calculus (including vector calculus) and linear algebra, and carry out computations with MATLAB and MS EXCEL. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature, and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on qualitative and quantitative information.
Lecturer/s: Prof Langrish, Timothy
Timetable: CHNG2803 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - in class 6.00 2 12
2 Project Work - own time 6.00 12

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Designing, building and optimising a cooling tower to given specifications. Design (Level 2)
Using principles of fluid and heat/mass transfer in the design and optimisation of the cooling tower system. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Practice using numerical integration and calculating mass and energy balances. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Practice using academic and professional literature to locate technical information. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Report writing and oral presentation. Communication (Level 2)
Practice applying engineering general knowledge in a practical design task. Professional Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
1. Ability to analyse and explain the operations of a given fluid mechanism.
2. Ability to analyse and explain the operations of given heat and mass transfer mechanisms.
3. Ability to evaluate and improve the operating parameters of a cooling tower.
Design (Level 2)
4. Ability to design and build a cooling tower, for use in refrigeration or air conditioning, using commonly-available components.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
5. Ability to calculate mass and energy balances.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
6. Ability to develop and manage a group work plan.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project 1 - Fluid Mechanics Yes 15.00 Week 4 1, 3,
2 Self and peer assessments Yes 0.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Interviews Yes 0.00 Week 5 1, 3, 5,
4 Project 2 - Mass & Heat Transfer Yes 25.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Self and peer assessments Yes 0.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
6 Interviews Yes 0.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4,
7 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 5,
Assessment Description: The project reports, written and verbal, will be assessed against clear group assessment criteria. These criteria will include not only the attainment of the technical objectives, but also the setting and management of the individual groups’ own work plan and procedures.

An overall group mark will be awarded on the basis of the assessment against criteria. Each member of each group will also provide confidential self-assessment and peer assessment of each other member of the group. The group mark, the self-assessment, and the supervisors’ and assistants’ observations will be taken into account in determining the mark awarded to any student.

Overall, each project contributes equally to a combined project-related mark (for each student) out of 50. The remaining 50 marks will come from a written examination at the end of the semester. Note that you must pass the final examination to gain a pass in the unit of study overall.

The details of this assessment process for each project are presented in a separate document.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: Blackboard website at

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to key topics for the Project (eg Fluid Mechanics and other areas of Fundamental Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Science)
Week 2 Project planning in groups.
Week 3 Project work.
Week 4 Project work.
Assessment Due: Project 1 - Fluid Mechanics
Assessment Due: Self and peer assessments
Week 5 Project work.
Assessment Due: Interviews
Week 6 Project work.
Week 7 Project work.
Week 8 Project work.
Week 9 Project work.
Week 10 Project work.
Week 11 Project work.
Week 12 Project work.
Assessment Due: Project 2 - Mass & Heat Transfer
Assessment Due: Self and peer assessments
Week 13 Assessment Due: Interviews
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Biomedical 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Medical Science 2015
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 86.5%
Design (Level 2) Yes 7.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 6%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.