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CHNG3802: Process Dynamics and Control (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG3802: Process Dynamics and Control (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Abbas, Ali
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG2802 OR AMME2960 OR BMET2960.
Brief Handbook Description: The scope and importance of process control technology expands continuously with the growth of industrial automation. For this reason, knowledge of process control tools and theory is vital for chemical engineers involved in plant operation or design. This unit covers the development of linear models, control system analysis, the design and performance of feedback control systems, and the use of control related software. Skills developed in the unit include:

- Designing a feedback control system.

- Analysing the system’s performance for a range of process applications using both traditional and software-based techniques.

- Designing common control enhancements.

- Appreciating the role, possibilities and limitations of process control tools and methods.
Assumed Knowledge: Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering units in second year have been successfully completed.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Abbas, Ali
Tutor/s: Yiqing Liu


Lizhuo Wang


Ivan Kristianto


Nur Syamira Abdul Karim

Timetable: CHNG3802 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 13
3 Independent Study 4.00 13
T&L Activities: INDEPENDENT STUDY: Students are expected to spend about 3-4 hours of ‘self-learning’ outside the specified contact periods.

PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE: You are reminded that the by-laws of the University of Sydney require 90% attendance at classes and other scheduled activities in each component of the unit. You must attend and participate in face-to-face meetings and participate in the collaborative group learning activities. We understand that unavoidable commitments may occasionally prevent some people from attending every session. However, we consider our designed activities and meetings indispensable for your learning, so absences are regarded as exceptional, and you must notify the course administrator in advance of the meeting.

SCHEDULE: The UoS schedule represents a road map for lectures and assessment tasks throughout the semester. Please note that there will be an attempt to adhere to this schedule as closely as possible, but changes could occur during the semester. You should keep checking the announcement section of the course in the learning management system website for continuous updates.

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 3)
1. Develop technical report writing skills with the ability of professionally presenting solutions to engineering problems.
(4) Design (Level 3)
2. Understand and develop models of various chemical engineering processes using a systematic approach, and to apply above concepts to the development of models for chemical and other engineering systems.
3. Understand the differences between various model types and uses.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
4. Understand and be able to design and tune conventional process controllers using a systematic approach.
5. Understand the roles of modelling in process engineering and specifically in process control.
6. Relate to control concepts and terminology and to understand the roles of process control in process systems engineering.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
7. Understand the differences between various conventional controller types and to understand the consequences arising from their implementation.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
8. Use modern software tools for process control analysis and design.
9. Achieve a good understanding of feedback control design, analysis and tuning.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 Yes 10.00 Week 5 1, 2, 5, 6, 8,
2 Assignment 2 Yes 20.00 Week 8 1, 2, 5, 6, 8,
3 Mid-Semester Exam* No 40.00 Week 10 2, 3, 5, 6, 7,
4 Assignment 3 Yes 30.00 Week 13 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Three Assignment submissions [Assignment 1 due in Week 5 (worth 10%), Assignment 2 due in Week 8 (worth 20%), Assignment 3 due in Week 13 (worth 30%)]

A mid-semester Quiz will be conducted in Week 10 (worth 40%)

Assessments cannot be re-weighted without the approval of the Unit of study coordinator.

* indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Additional details of these assessments will be announced in lectures. It is your responsibility to keep up to date with these announcements. Announcements will also be placed on the Learning Management System site. Further, it may eventuate that during this unit of study, we may ask you to submit additional items for evaluation – if this happens, announcements will be made in lectures well in advance, and complete instructions will be given.
Assessment Feedback: The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.

POLICY ON ACADEMIC HONESTY: The content of this course is fundamental to engineering, so it is important that you can independently demonstrate competency in the syllabus material. Working alone and in groups are both important components of mastering the required knowledge. Legitimate co-operation between you and your fellow students is encouraged. However, direct copying of another student’s work is plagiarism, unacceptable, and unfair to fellow students, the community and the engineering profession. Assessment submissions that are identified as unacceptable copies will be marked as acceptable with no possibility of resubmission. You should not make your assignment available to a fellow student, but you are encouraged to help your colleges through any difficulties they may have in understanding the subject matter of this course.
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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS There may be moderation and/or scaling of the raw marks in each assessment component when combining them to get the final mark in this unit of study.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to process modelling and control
Week 2 Modelling and dynamics of process systems
Week 3 Empirical modelling; working with Loop-Pro
Week 4 Stability analysis of dynamic systems
Week 5 Stability analysis of dynamic systems
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 6 Dynamics performance
Week 7 Basic elements of feedback control
Week 8 Stability analysis of closed-loop systems
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 9 Stability analysis of closed-loop systems
Week 10 Feedback control design
Assessment Due: Mid-Semester Exam*
Week 11 Feedback control design
Week 12 Assignment work
Week 13 Assignment work
Assessment Due: Assignment 3

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 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 3) No 12%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 21%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 38%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 14%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 15%

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.