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CHNG9303: Reaction Engineering (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG9303: Reaction Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Mammucari, Raffaella
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CHNG3803 OR CHNG5803.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study focuses on the understanding of the key concepts of reaction engineering. It covers key principles of reaction kinetics, including reaction mechanisms, temperature and concentration dependence of chemical reactions, and catalysis effect in reactor design. This course employs an integrated approach in combining the basic principles of material and energy balance, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, and fluid mechanics with those of chemical reaction kinetics to help students select and design the most suitable reactor for a particular reaction system.

It provides an introduction to reactor design through topics, such as ideal batch reactors, stoichiometry and reaction mole balance equation, single and multiple reaction systems, catalysts and catalytic reactions, and using experimental reaction data to estimate rate laws. Students will learn how to design continuous isothermal and non-isothermal reactors, variable density reactors, multiple reactors in series and parallel, mixed flow reactors in series, recycle reactors, and carry out size comparisons of ideal reactors and optimization of operating conditions.

It runs after CHNG9201 AND CHNG9202 AND CHNG9204 to provide students with the tools and know how to design the equipment for carrying out chemical reactions.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG9201 AND CHNG9202 AND CHNG9204.
Lecturer/s: Mammucari, Raffaella
Tutor/s: David Alam

Muhammad Sofiyuddin Muhammad Yusuf Ong

Andrew Pan

You Lyu
Timetable: CHNG9303 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 1.00 1 4
T&L Activities: Lectures and tutorials are face to face activities conducted during timetabled times.

Each student will attend one 1-hour laboratory session.

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
Lectures, tutorial questions, formative assessment (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Lectures, sample problems, tutorials, small project (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
Lab practical and report (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Small project, lab practical and report (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
1. Be able to model reaction engineering systems.
2. Ability to select and design the most suitable reactor for a particular reaction system.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Ability to work and communicate effectively in a team setting
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
4. Ability to communicate effectively in writing
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
5. Ability to carry out size comparisons of ideal reactors.
6. Ability to optimise operating conditions for ideal reactors
7. Ability to use thermodynamic criteria to calculate equilibrium conditions in reactive systems
8. Understanding of the key concepts and principles of reaction engineering including ideal reactors, stoichiometry and reaction mole balance equation, single and multiple reaction systems, catalysts and catalytic reactions
9. Ability to estimate rate laws by using experimental reaction data
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Weekly assignments No 16.00 Multiple Weeks (Friday, 11 pm) 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
2 Smal Project Yes 4.00 Week 6 (As specified by your unit coordinator) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Mid session exam No 20.00 Week 7 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
4 Lab report Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 9,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: *Weekly Assessments. Mostly calculative exercises: students are encouraged to engage in collaborative learning during allocated tutorial times. Submissions are individual.

*Small project. Calculative exercise on the optimization of a reaction system. Students work in teams of 2.

In-session exam. Written test in class: formative assessment of ability to to identify, formulate and solve reaction engineering problems from 1st principles.

*Lab practical and report. Students will work in teams of 4 on a reaction engineering practical exercise. Each team is required to attend 1 laboratory session and will submit a report on the experiment conducted. Lab reports are due the week after the corresponding lab session.

Final Exam. The final exam will test the student`s ability to solve questions of a similar nature to the projects, and to apply the techniques learnt in this course to new problems.

* Late submissions attract 5% penalty marks per day. Assignments more than 10 days late get 0.
Assessment Feedback: Formative feedback is given through the course. Students will receive feedback in writing on their submissions papers. The class will receive feedback on assessments verbally during tutorial time (mostly in form of advice/discussion).
A dedicated feedback session has been scheduled after the Mid Session Exam.
Students are encouraged to approach the teaching team during allocated times or to arrange for consultation meetings however needed.
Students are encouraged to post questions in the discussion forum available on Canvas.
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.
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.
Library e-Reserve: Please check the Library e-Reserve site for additional course resources.
Note on Resources: available on the Canvas site

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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 (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) Yes 33.84%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0.2%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 5.98%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 59.99%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) 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.