CHNG3809: Laboratory and Industrial Practice (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG3809: Laboratory and Industrial Practice (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG1103 AND CHNG2801 AND CHNG2802 AND CHNG2803 AND CHNG2804 AND CHNG2805 AND CHNG2806.
Co-Requisites: CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in the operation of process plants and pilot plants. In particular students will have the opportunity to apply chemical and biomolecular engineering fundamentals to real world problems including distillation, heat transfer, fermentation, filtration, crystallisation and reverse osmosis. The UoS will give students experience with examples drawn from the petrochemical, minerals, biotech, pharmaceutical and water industries.

In addition the UoS will also give students an additional opportunity to apply the knowledge of experimental design, data analysis and statistics.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Tutor/s: tba
Timetable: CHNG3809 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 2
2 Laboratory 8.00 2 5
3 Project Work - in class 8.00 2 5
4 Tutorial 2.00 1 3
5 Report Writing 8.00 2 5
T&L Activities: This unit of study will be taught predominantly via problem based learning in laboratories and pilot plants. There will be a number of supporting lectures and tutorials.

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
Practice in design of experiments (Lab work). Design (Level 3)
Troubleshooting practice on plant and process problems in a range of industrial settings, including petrochemical, minerals, biotech, pharmaceutical and water (Lab work, project work). Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Solving problems from first principles in distillation, heat transfer, fermentation, filtration, crystallisation and reverse osmosis (Tutorials, project work). Practice in experimental investigation and data analysis (Lab work). Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Extensive practice in report writing and presentation to a critical audience. Communication (Level 3)
Practice in planning work for a small group in a laboratory or pilot plant setting (Lab work, project work). Project and Team Skills (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 4)
1. Ability to apply chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering fundamentals to real world processes.
2. Abilty to analyse real world data.
3. Knowledge of the breadth of the chemical and processing industries in Australia and around the world.
Communication (Level 3)
4. Ability to draw and understand process flow diagrams.
5. Ability to write concise engineering reports or to present engineering information
Design (Level 3)
6. Ability to design an experimental plan
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
7. Ability to plan laboratory work in small teams.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Report 1 No 10.00 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Lab Report 2 No 10.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
3 Pilot Plant Report 1 Yes 35.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Pilot Plant Report 2 Yes 35.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: The assessment for this unit will consist of: 4 Individual Lab Reports (10%+10% + 35% + 35% = 90% in total), Interview/Presentation 10%
Assessment Feedback: Written feed back and marks will be provided for laboratory reports and pilot plant reports.
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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to course, Pilot Plant and Laboratory time table given to students
Week 2 Laboratory 1
Week 3 Assessment Due: Lab Report 1
Week 4 Laboratory 2
Week 5 Assessment Due: Lab Report 2
Week 6 Pilot Plant 1
Week 7 Pilot Plant 1
Week 8 Assessment Due: Pilot Plant Report 1
Week 9 Pilot Plant 2
Week 10 Pilot Plant 2
Week 11 Assessment Due: Pilot Plant Report 2
Week 13 Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016
Biomedical 2016

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 39%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 36.5%
Design (Level 3) Yes 14.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 10%

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.