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CHNG5112: Foundation of Chemical Engineering Design A (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG5112: Foundation of Chemical Engineering Design A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof White, Don
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG5801 AND CHNG5802 AND CHNG5805 AND CHNG5806.
Brief Handbook Description: In the overall design process, chemical engineers must clearly understand the (often complex) interactions and trade-offs that occur between technical, economic, social and environmental considerations. This UoS builds on concepts in each of these areas introduced in previous years but with an emphasis on their successful integration within a comprehensive design activity.

This design activity is spread over two UoS (Chemical Engineering Design A and B) run in first and second semester. The primary aim in the first UoS is to consider the technical issues - with an emphasis on creating and evaluating a range of alternative options that exist at both the unit operation and complete flowsheet levels. The primary emphasis in the subsequent UoS is on evaluating how non-technical considerations affect the final process design and its operation.

In addition to the above fundamentals, there will be considerable time spent during the semester on advanced topics related to designing chemical processes and associated technological developments.
Assumed Knowledge: Enrollment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering UoS in second and third years, or their equivalent, have been successfully completed.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
A/Prof White, Don
Timetable: CHNG5112 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 13
4 Site Visit
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 3-4 hours of 'self-learning' outside the specified contact periods.

Site Visit: Possible half day site visit (depending upon the subject matter from year to year)

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
Apply design approach to a specific assignment Design (Level 4)
‘Vertical knowledge integration’ from an understanding of basic engineering concepts, through their application to unit operations, to their integration into a coherent process flowsheet. Development of an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations. Use of Process Flow sheet software packages as tools (Hysys and /or VGSim) Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Use of specific Chemical Engineering disciples to apply analysis and synthesis to the assignment posed. Will invoke a varied suite of fundamentals depending upon the nature of the assignment. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Ability to independently research new areas and be critical of what is found. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Presentation of Material in Reports, Process Flow Diagrams, Mass and Energy Balances, etc, in a manner which is professional and understandable Communication (Level 3)
Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations.
Development of self-directed learning skills including the ability to critically assess one’s own performance in a constructive fashion.
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.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to develop a wide range of alternative conceptual designs for a given product specification and market analysis
2. Ability to evaluate alternatives at the conceptual level with a view to creating a ‘short-list’ worthy of more detailed technical investigation.
3. Appreciation of the fact that technical considerations are only one component in an overall successful design project.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
4. Ability to use process flowsheeting software to compare alternative designs - including the potential benefits of both process modification (eg by heat integration) and process optimisation and factorial cost estimation.
5. Theory of hazard assessment and hazard operability studies.
6. Appreciating advanced topics related to designing chemical processes and associated technological developments.
Communication (Level 3)
7. Ability to clearly present the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
8. Appreciation of the technical and financial trade-offs that exist in complex flowsheets.
9. Environmental Impact Statement – process selection aspects
10. Work in a Team. Team is responsble for outcomes of thier work In Assignment #1 teams are usually self selected
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 30.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
2 Report Yes 40.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
3 Assignment Yes 30.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9,
Assessment Description: Quiz: Tutorials and quizes.

Report: Group work and one major report

Assignment: One preliminary report for Assignment #2
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
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.
Online Course Content: Web CT

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

Week Description
Week 1 Hand out Assignment, Introduction,
Week 2 Hysys Tutorial, Preliminary Flowsheet
Week 3 Site Visit
Week 4 PFD and Mass Balance hand in
Week 5 Rapid Ranking
Week 6 Improve Flowsheet , Freeze PID, Hazop
Week 7 Detailed equipment design and preliminary costing
Week 8 Control and Write Up
Week 9 Hand in Report and QUIZ
Assessment Due: Quiz
Assessment Due: Report
Week 10 Assignment 2 briefing
Week 11 Preliminary Report + Business Case
Week 12 Report Section 1 Hand In + General Design start
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 13 On going
STUVAC (Week 14) General Design
Exam Period General Design

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
Design (Level 4) Yes 37%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 27%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 12.33%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 23.67%

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.