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CHNG3808: Engineering Macromolecules & Nanocomposites (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHNG3808: Engineering Macromolecules & Nanocomposites (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Gomes, Vincent
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CHNG9808. Co-badged MPE unit.
Brief Handbook Description: Macromolecules and composite materials find a wide range of applications from construction, food to biomedical industries. A significant number of engineers are employed by the relevant industries. This unit of study will engage with an innovative approach applied to a broad spectrum of modern engineering principles that range from the synthesis of such critical materials in everyday life to design of products and processes for a wide variety of industries. The unit will enable an understanding of sustainability with the materials for producing goods used within industries or by consumers.

The industrial applications will include chemical, biomedical to electronics and nanotechnology. New and emerging technologies will be compared with established operating models. The unit will be delivered through workshops, seminars, in-class activities, demonstrative and hands-on experiments and project-based learning.

At the completion of this Unit of Study, students would develop: Problem-solving skills; An appreciation of the underlying principles of engineering of macromolecules and composites; The ability to apply these skills to new and novel situations; The ability to critically analyse the methods of manufacture of different products and processes and to improve these processes; The development of an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle new engineering applications; An ability to independently research and be critical of the findings; An ability to analyze experimental data; An ability to carry out process and product design through critical thinking; Interpersonal, group and teamwork skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely; Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations; Self-directed learning skills including the ability to critically assess one's own performance in a constructive manner.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG2801 and 12cp of CHEM1xxx
Tutor/s: Md Adil Riaz [];
Timetable: CHNG3808 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 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Activities: Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials and Laboratory sessions.

Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 4-6 hours of self-learning outside the specified contact hours.

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.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)
1. Critically analyse manufacturing processes for products based on macromolecule and composite-materials.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
2. Research and report on new and emerging applications for macromolecules and composite materials in the manufacturing of chemical, biomedical, electronic and nanotechnology products.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. Identify the properties, applications and methods of synthesis for a range of macromolecule and particle-based products.
4. appreciate the flow behaviour of complex materials and their processability.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
5. Analyze experimental data and to conduct appropriate computations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorials/Assignments No 24.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5,
2 Laboratory work/Experiments Yes 12.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5,
3 Project Yes 32.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2,
4 Quiz No 32.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Tutorials/Assignments: These will help students absorb the concepts and stay up to date with the pace of lectures. Assignment and tutorial sessions will elucidate the relevance of the basic concepts with respect to engineering applications.

Laboratory work/Experiments: Laboratory participation and demonstration sessions will enable students grasp the practical aspects of the discipline and understand relevant applications of the subject matter through participating in experiments and analyzing data.

Project: Group work contribution, group report and oral presentations will help students conduct research, analyse data and gain skills in written report, oral communication and team-work.

Quiz: These interim and final session activities will help students gain deep understanding of subject matter, enable the overall assessment of the concepts covered in this UoS and the student’s ability to analyse and solve related problems.
Assessment Feedback: All tutorials, assignments and assessments will be evaluated and feedback will be provided to students on an ongoing basis throughout the course duration.
Students are welcome to provide their own solutions to open-ended problems, discuss their findings and clarify their view-points and solutions with the teaching staff to gain deep understanding and creative abilities.
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 that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Macromolecules & Nanocomposites
Week 2 Characterising Macromolecules & Nanocomposites
Week 3 Structural characterisation & morphology
Week 4 Thermal properties
Week 5 Flow properties
Week 6 Rheology
Week 7 Processing methods
Week 8 Product Engineering
Week 9 Reactions and synthesis
Week 10 Reactors and Reaction Engineering
Week 11 Mechanical properties; Nanocomposites
Week 12 Nanocomposites; Sustainability
Week 13 Final week review
STUVAC (Week 14) Course revision.

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 29.2%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 29.6%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 31.6%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 9.6%

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.