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CHNG2804: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG2804: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Montoya, Alejandro
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1111 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1911).
Brief Handbook Description: This unit provides a sound basis of the thermodynamics of chemical systems, and how these, in turn, define limits of behaviour of ideal and real systems. The unit explores the thermodynamic basis of processes under steady and non-steady conditions, including the role of energy and entropy transfer. Emphasis is placed on the prediction of physical properties of chemical systems in terms of state variables to characterise systems that include mixtures of phases. The thermodynamic fundamentals are used to understand the operation of compressors, turbines, pumps, refrigeration systems, power plants as well as motive power devices. The course delivery approach is problem-based, and examples from thermal and chemical processes are considered, covering molecular to macro-systems scale. CHNG2804 assumes that students have the required ability to conduct basic mass and basic energy balances. Students should also understand the basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. In addition, students should be able to perform basic mathematical operations in calculus and linear algebra, and to carry out computations with Matlab and/or MS-Excel. The course prepares students fundamentally for the design of engineering unit operations in chemical and biological processes dealing with phase transition, reaction and separation.
Assumed Knowledge: Calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods, computational tools (Matlab, Excel), basic mass and energy balances, heat transfer, mass transfer, momentum (from fluid mechanics), reaction balances.
Lecturer/s: Dr Montoya, Alejandro
Timetable: CHNG2804 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 13
T&L Activities: The unit of study offers a plethora of opportunities to learn and demonstrate educational competencies in different aspects of thermodynamics. The learning management system CANVAS will have relevant material such as lecture slides, handouts and tutorial exercises. Each lecture provides the fundamentals of the topic using lecture slides and enforces the concept by asking the student to apply their understanding in solving a real problem that is provided as a handout. For this reason, you are highly encouraged to physically attend the lectures to take advantage of face-to-face discussions and participate in collaborative group learning activities. We understand that unavoidable commitments may occasionally prevent some people from attending every session. However, the learning activities are necessary for your education; so absences should be an exception. Also, students will have access through the CANVAS site to self-assessment quizzes and several interactive electronic activities that will strengthen the understanding of each topic. Students are expected to spend at least 3-4 hours per week of 'self-learning' outside the specified contact periods in order to progress in the unit of study concepts.

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 2)
1. Manipulate thermodynamic equipment and interpret data obtained from practical experimental laboratory
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
2. Undertake peer reviews and participate in workshops.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
3. Estimate thermodynamic properties of non-reactive fluids by carrying out energy and entropy balances under steady and non-steady conditions
4. Apply the concept of property interrelation of thermodynamic variables to predict state variables of chemical systems under ideal and non-ideal conditions
5. Employ the concepts of mass, energy and entropy balance and property interrelations to predict state variables in turbine and refrigeration systems
6. Perform thermodynamic calculations on motive power devices
7. Characterise systems that include a mixture of phases and different component species using equilibrium principles in engineering thermodynamics.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 3,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 10 4, 5,
3 Laboratory Report Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2,
4 Regular online assessment Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Final Exam No 30.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assessment of this unit of study includes quizzes, laboratory reports, online assignments throughout the weeks on relevant topics and a final examination. All module assessments are combined for assessing the final grade.

You receive a mark grade in this unit of study. The teaching and learning approach will ensure that students meet the minimum acceptable standard, in the sense that all competency criteria are met. The lecturer will advise on specific assessments for the particular module. All module assessments will be combined for assessing the final grade.
Assessment Feedback: Student feedback comes from the following activities:
• Assessment of reports, quizzes and group work.
• The solution to problems in the Learning Management System CANVAS
• Discussions with tutors and lecturers, as well as written comment on submitted work.
• Mid-term teaching and learning evaluation that allows students to voice their learning approaches with the lecturer.
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 on Resources: Outline notes from Lecturers

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

Week Description
Week 1 Basic concepts of energy balance
Week 2 The energy balance in Engineering unit operations
Week 3 Basic concepts of entropy and entropy balance in Engineering unit operations
Week 4 Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids under ideal conditions
Property interrelations
Week 5 Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids under real conditions
Week 6 Basic concepts of binary phase equilibrium
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Phase equilibria of binary systems under ideal conditions
Week 8 Phase equilibria of binary systems under real conditions
Week 9 Basic concepts of Refrigeration
Week 10 Basic concepts of power production
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 11 Basic concepts of motive power
Week 12 Basic concepts of thermodynamic equilibrium of reactive systems
Week 13 Review of concepts
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

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
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 12%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 3%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 85%

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.