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CHNG5008: Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG5008: Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Huang, Jun
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (CHNG3801 OR CHNG9301 OR CHNG5801) AND (CHNG3802 OR CHNG9302 OR CHNG5802) AND (CHNG3805 OR CHNG9305 OR CHNG5805) AND (CHNG3806 OR CHNG9306 OR CHNG5806).
Brief Handbook Description: This course will give students insights into advanced concepts in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, which are essential for the design of efficient processes and green products for the sustainable development and minimise or preferably eliminate waste for a clean world. This unit of study will examine cutting edge examples of nano-technology, renewable energy, bio-technology, and other advanced technologies across a broad range of applications relevant to chemical and biomolecular engineering. At the completion of this unit of study students should have developed an appreciation of the underlying concepts and be able to demonstrate they can apply these skills to new and novel situations. Students are expected to develop an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations, coupled with an ability to independently research new areas and be critical of what is found, and an ability to cope with experimental data, change and uncertainty through critical thinking.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Huang, Jun
Tutor/s: Lizhuo Wang

Pradeep Murthy
Timetable: CHNG5008 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - own time 8.00 13
2 Lecture 4.00 2 13
3 Practical Experience 2.00 1 13
T&L Activities: The emphasis will be on an approach built around the following:

* Lectures limited to the introduction of key concepts.

* Independent student learning (both individually and in small groups.

* Regular demonstration of competency exercises (with regular feedback to under-achieving students).

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
1. Develop interpersonal, group and teamwork skills.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5)
2. Independently identify and justify a nanotechnology issue for investigation in the research literature
(4) Design (Level 4)
3. Develop an experimental design for particlular nano-material process or product.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
4. Identify the properties, applications and methods of synthesis for a range nano-structured materials in chemical engineering.
5. Discriminate between different approaches used in determining the properties of nano-structured materials.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Interview No 20.00 Week 8 1, 2,
2 Major Project No 50.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Lab experiment Yes 30.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Interview examination will give students the opportunity to receive ongoing feedback on their progress in integrating the concepts and basic principles in the unit of study.

Lab experiment will be given each week on the basis of the various methods and technologies involved in the project. Lab experiment will be given to each group. Students will work together to solve the required problems.

Major projects will be used to assess individual performance.
Assessment Feedback: Student feedback will come from assessment of reports, interview and group work. This will be in the form of both discussions with tutors and/or lecturers on their performance, as well as written comment on their submitted work.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction of advanced concepts.
Week 2 Nano-technology: Materials
Week 3 Nano-technology: Structure
Week 4 Nano-technology: Characterization
Week 5 Nano-technology: Synthesis
Week 6 Nano-technology: Process
Week 7 Nano-technology: Manufactory
Week 8 Interview
Assessment Due: Interview
Week 9 Nano-technology: Application in chemical and fuel
Week 10 Nano-technology: Application in green process
Week 11 Nano-technology: Application in energy generation and storage
Week 12 Nano-technology: Application in environment protection
Week 13 Review and conclusion
Assessment Due: Major Project
Assessment Due: Lab experiment

Course Relations

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

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

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 21%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 5) No 21%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 18.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) No 39.5%

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.