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CHNG5205: Major Industrial Placement Project (2016 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG5205: Major Industrial Placement Project (24 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof White, Don
Hind, David
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: Passed at least 48 credit points in Master of professional engineering with adequate foundation knowledge in discipline. Students wishing to do this unit of study should contact the Head of School prior to enrolment.
Prohibitions: CHNG9402 OR CHNG5112 OR CHNG5020 OR CHNG5021.
Brief Handbook Description: The purpose of this proposal is to introduce a new subject into the Master of Professional Engineering with specialisation in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The new subject is designed to equip students with practical experience in the area of chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Industrial project placement will clearly cover and widen the practical nature of curriculum base studies.

This unit of study will give students a rich experience for undertaking a major project in an industrial environment and developing skills in the preparation and presentation of technical reports. The project is performed under industry supervision supported by School staff and extends over one semester. The students will be engaged full time on the project at the industrial site. Students will be placed with industries, such as mining, oil and gas processing, plastic and paint manufacturing, food production, wastewater and water treatment. The students will learn essential engineering skills, such as how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, project management, and analysis of results and assess these with theory and existing knowledge.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Enrolment by permission only. The students enrolled in this subject should have completed the first year Master of Professional Engineering with specialisation in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minimum credit average. The candidate will be selected by interview and at the discretion of the Head of School.

Students enrolled in this subject are exempted from completing Chemical Engineering Design A (CHNG9402), Capstone Project A and B (CHNG5020 and CHNG5021) and one of the electives from the Specialist Units of Study that students are expected to take in the first semester of the second year. This exemption is granted because students are exposed to the core aspects of these courses through practical exercises undertaken during the MIPPS placement. While undertaking MIPPS, students have a unique opportunity to see and experience the industrial environment around them, in a manner which is not available at University.

MIPPS students are required to enroll in Chemical Engineering Design B (CHNG9406) in the following semester.
Lecturer/s: Dr Montoya, Alejandro
Professor Chen, Yuan
A/Prof Valix, Marjorie
Dr Chandrawati, Rona
Professor Coster, Hans
Dr Gomes, Vincent
Prof Langrish, Timothy
A/Prof Minett , Andrew
A/Prof Abbas, Ali
Dr Huang, Jun
Dr Kavanagh, John
A/Prof White, Don
Hind, David
Tutor/s: N/A
Timetable: CHNG5205 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Professional Placement (hours set by supervisor)
T&L Activities: During the whole project, the students will be supervised by at least one academic from the school of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and at least one professional engineer from the associated industry. Training may be undertaken at the discretion of the Industry supervisor and there will be a workshop conducted by a team of academics in the school prior to commencement of the project. The students will receive significant knowledge and experience for performing professional research in industry and the required theoretical aspects of the project in which they will be involved. There will be regular progress meetings at the industry site, and there may be scheduled meetings with the Academic Associate Supervisor in the School, depending on accessibility by the student. Otherwise the student will be full-time at the designated Industry site. The hours are set by the Industry supervisor. These will normally be the same as for other junior professional staff and must be strictly adhered to. There will be no opportunity to undertake other study at the University, or any other paid work. Students will provide formal reports, presentation, and poster on a regular basis and schedules allocated by the coordinator of the subject.

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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
Formulating, planning and delivering an individual technical project addressing a real engineering problem in an industry setting. Design (Level 4)
Students independently model unfamiliar industrial processes in case study work. They develop advanced specialist knowledde of issues in areas tackled by their project. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
The industry-based project involves extensive experience in analysing technical data and critically evaluating the significance of the results. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Case study and project work provides continual practice in technical information seeking under real-life industrial conditions. Students need to be able to ask their own questions, not simply answer what`s given. Information Seeking (Level 4)
Students will produce an major report and deliver an oral presentation on their project at the standard required for an industry audience. Communication (Level 4)
Student will be making engineering decsions with real-world consequnces and will need to do so with appropriate consideration of environmental, ethical and commercial aspects. Thoughtful analysis of these will be required in case study and project work. Professional Conduct (Level 3)

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 formulate, plan and deliver an individual technical project addressing a real problem in an industry setting.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
2. Ability to model an industrial process design in a real operational setting, with due consideration of the modelling method used and its limitations.
3. Ability to analyse chemical engineering technical issues critically, constructively and in depth, with reference to the literature and their own work.
4. Ability to devise an appropriate methodology to attack the given technical task.
5. Ability to analyse and interpret technical results with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Communication (Level 4)
6. Ability to document and report upon project work undertaken at professional engineering standard in spoken and written form.
Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
7. Ability to make effective use of computer-based tools of project planning.
8. Ability to analyse and discuss organisational structure and its potential impact on project delivery.
9. Ability to analyse and interpret quality control methods and expectations affecting the project and its operational context.
10. Ability to undertake an assessment of risk factors affecting the project and its operational context.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Case Study 1 - Project Management No 5.50 Week 13 7, 8, 9,
2 Case Study 2 - Risk Management No 5.50 Week 13 10,
3 Case Study 3 - Design No 5.50 Week 13 2,
4 Presentation (Actual Dates TBA) No 16.50 Post-Semester 6,
5 Project Report No 67.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Each student is expected to submit comprehensive report on their project and deliver a 15 minute oral presentation at the end of the semester. The report will be assessed by minimum 3 academics in the school of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In addition students must complete three case studies to be submitted together at the same time as the project report.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 13 Assessment Due: Case Study 1 - Project Management
Assessment Due: Case Study 2 - Risk Management
Assessment Due: Case Study 3 - Design
Assessment Due: Project Report
Post-Semester Assessment Due: Presentation (Actual Dates TBA)

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) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 13.4%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 49.05%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 26.55%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 11%

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.