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CHNG9305: Particle Processing (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG9305: Particle Processing (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Wei, Li
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CHNG3805 OR CHNG5805.
Brief Handbook Description: This Unit covers many aspects related to particle and particle systems in chemical engineering. It will cover the topics in particle characterisation, size reduction, preparation/size enlargement of particles, followed by particle mechanics in fluids. this knowledge is used as the basis for the understanding and designing of unit operations associated with particles and suspensions, which include particle classification, mixing, comminution, agglomeration, crystallisation-separation, solid-fluid separation by filtration, centrifugation/hydrocyclone, sedimentation/thickening, as well as particle convey, storage and discharge.

The combination and variety of topics in this unit aim to provide the students with an appreciation of particle processing fundamentals and techniques, which are vital for numerous industrial applications, such as mining, water treatment, food and pharmaceutics.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG9201 AND CHNG9202 AND CHNG9204.
Lecturer/s: Wei, Li
Timetable: CHNG9305 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 Group Lab 1.00 1 1
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Students will work on sample problems, to enhance their understanding. Lecturer and tutor will be available to assist during the session.

Laboratory: Students will conduct experiments related to topics in small groups. One session only.

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
establish and analyse mathematical models (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Solving practical problems (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (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.

(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. Understanding the basic principles of particle-fluid systems.
2. Appreciating advanced topics related to the formulation and design of a variety of products, as well as those related to the associated recent technological developments.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
3. Understanding the principal of different unit operations
4. Demonstrating the capability to perform fundamental analysis of various processes based on energy and material balances.
5. Applying these principles and solving simple problems involving slurries, fluidized bed reactors and particle-liquid separation systems. Demonstrating the capability to perform fundamental analysis of various processes based on energy and material balances.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Weekly Assignment No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Lab report No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 4, 5,
3 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 4, 5,
4 In-class quiz No 5.00 Multiple Weeks (Monday, 11 am) 3, 4,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special considerations.

Weekly assignment, submit individually

*Group lab report, submit individually

In-class quiz: submit individually

Final Exam: Final examination
Assessment Feedback: During this course, you will receive both written and oral feedback for different assessment tasks.
Students are welcomed to have a discussion with lecturer/tutors on their assessment.
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.
  • Fundamentals of Particle Technology
  • Introduction to Particle Technology
  • Separaion Process Principles 3rd ED
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.
  • Bubbles, Drops, and Particles
  • Chemical Engineers Handbook
  • Particle Size Measurement
  • Powder technology handbook
  • Theory of Particulate Processes

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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
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 28.25%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) Yes 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 71.75%

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.