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CHNG9204: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG9204: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Montoya, Alejandro
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CHNG2804 OR CHNG5704.
Brief Handbook Description: Chemical Engineering requires an understanding of material and energy transformations and how these are driven by molecular interactions. The rate of such transformations is dependent on driving forces and resistances, and these need to be defined in terms of fundamental physical and chemical properties of systems.

This course seeks to provide students with a sound basis of the thermodynamics of chemical and biological systems, and how these, in turn, define limits of behaviour for such real systems. The thermodynamic basis for rate processes is explored, and the role of energy transfer processes in these highlighted, along with criteria for equilibrium and stability. Emphasis is placed on the prediction of physical properties of chemical and biological systems in terms of state variables. The course delivery mechanism is problem-based, and examples from thermal, chemical and biological processes will be considered, covering molecular to macro-systems scale.

In addition, there will be considerable time spent during the semester on advanced topics related to the analysis of the behaviour of chemical and biological systems, and recent associated technological developments.
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.
Lecturer/s: Dr Montoya, Alejandro
Timetable: CHNG9204 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 Project Work - own time 4.00 13
4 Independent Study 4.00 13
T&L Activities: The unit of study offers a plethora of opportunities to learn and demonstrate educational competencies in different aspects of thermodynamics. The learning management system CANVAS will have relevant material such as lecture slides, handouts and tutorial exercises. Each lecture provides the fundamentals of the topic using lecture slides and enforces the concept by asking the student to apply their understanding in solving a real problem that is provided as a handout. For this reason, you are highly encouraged to physically attend the lectures to take advantage of face-to-face discussions and participate in collaborative group learning activities. We understand that unavoidable commitments may occasionally prevent some people from attending every session. However, the learning activities are necessary for your education; so absences should be an exception. Also, students will have access through the CANVAS site to self-assessment quizzes and several interactive electronic activities that will strengthen the understanding of each topic. Students are expected to spend at least 3-4 hours per week of `self-learning` outside the specified contact periods in order to progress in the unit of study concepts.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
1. Undertake a literature review and present the results in a scientific report and participate in workshops.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
2. Manipulate thermodynamic equipment and interpret data obtained from practical experimental laboratory
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
3. Estimate thermodynamic properties of non-reactive fluids by carrying out energy and entropy balances under steady and non-steady conditions
4. Apply the concept of property interrelation of thermodynamic variables to predict state variables of chemical systems under ideal and non-ideal conditions
5. Employ the concepts of mass, energy and entropy balance and property interrelations to predict state variables in turbine and refrigeration systems
6. Perform thermodynamic calculations on motive power devices
7. Characterise systems that include a mixture of phases and different component species using equilibrium principles in engineering thermodynamics.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 3,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 10 4, 5,
3 Regular online assessment/Research reports No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Laboratory Report Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2,
5 Final Exam No 30.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assessment of this unit of study includes quizzes, reports, assignments throughout the course on relevant topics and a final examination. All module assessments are combined for assessing the final grade.

You receive a mark grade in this unit of study. The teaching and learning approach will ensure that students meet the minimum acceptable standard, in the sense that all competency criteria are met. The lecturer will advise on specific assessments for the particular module. All module assessments will be combined for assessing the final grade.
Assessment Feedback: Student feedback comes from the following activities:
• Assessment of reports, quizzes and group work.
• The solution of problems in the Learning Managment System CANVAS
• Discussions with tutors and lecturers, as well as written comment on submitted work.
• Mid-term teaching and learning evaluation that allows students to voice their learning approaches with the lecturer.
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.
Note on Resources: Course notes

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

Week Description
Week 1 Basic concepts of energy balance
Week 2 The energy balance in Engineering unit operations
Week 3 Basic concepts of entropy and entropy balance in Engineering unit operations
Week 4 Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids under ideal conditions
Week 5 Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids under real conditions
Week 6 Basic concepts of binary phase equilibrium
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Phase equilibria of binary systems under ideal conditions
Week 8 Phase equilibria of binary systems under real conditions
Week 9 Basic concepts of Refrigeration
Week 10 Basic concepts of power production
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 11 Basic concepts of motive power
Week 12 Basic concepts of thermodynamic equilibrium of reactive systems
Week 13 Review of concepts
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
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Diploma in Complex Systems 2017, 2018
Master of Complex Systems (2020 and earlier) 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Sustainability and Environmental Engineering) 2021

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 15%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 85%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.