Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

For a standard enrolment plan for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering visit CUSP.

Unit outlines will be available through Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.
 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Stream

Completion of a stream is a requirement of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours.
Students complete 192 credit points comprising:
(a) 48 credit points from the Engineering Core Table, consisting of:
(i) 18 credit points of Engineering Foundation units
(ii) 30 credit points of Project units
(iii) The requirements of the Professional Engagement Program
(b) 138 credit points from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Stream table, consisting of:
(i) 102 credit points of Stream Core units
(ii) 12 credit points of Chemistry units
(iii) 12 credit points of Stream Breadth electives
(iv) 12 credit points of Stream Depth electives
(c) 6 credit points of electives from 3000+ level units offered by the Faculty of Engineering, or from Table S
The completion of a specialisation is not mandatory. If a student chooses to take a specialisation available in their stream, the specialisation can be completed within the 192 credit points described above.

Stream Core units

CHEM1111
Chemistry 1A
6    A Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) and HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry and Mathematics Bridging Courses (offered in February)
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991


Students who have not completed secondary school chemistry are strongly advised to instead complete Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A in the first semester of the calendar year (unless you require 12 credit points of Chemistry and are commencing in semester 2). You should also take the Chemistry Bridging Course in advance (offered in February, and online year-round https://sydney.edu.au/students/bridging-courses.html).
Intensive February
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHEM1112
Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1011 or CHEM1001)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992
Intensive February
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHEM1911
Chemistry 1A (Advanced)
6    A 80 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1991

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
CHEM1912
Chemistry 1B (Advanced)
6    P CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1111 or CHEM1101) or (90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1992


Students who commence in semester 2 are strongly advised that you would be better served by taking the mainstream level units in sequence, Chemistry 1A before Chemistry 1B, rather than the Advanced units in the opposite order.
Semester 2
CHEM1991
Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
CHEM1992
Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program)
6    P 75 or above in CHEM1991 or CHEM1903 or (90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912


Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study. Students who commence in semester 2 are strongly advised that you would be better served by taking the mainstream level units in sequence, Chemistry 1A before Chemistry 1B, rather than the Special Studies Program units in the opposite order.
Semester 2
CHNG1103
Conservation of Mass and Energy
6    A HSC Mathematics Extension 1
Semester 2
CHNG1106
Engineering for a Sustainable Society
6    A Knowledge of mass and energy balance concepts equivalent to content of CHNG1103 or CHNG9103.
C CHNG1103
N CHNG2805
Semester 2
CHNG2801
Fluid Mechanics
6    A It is assumed that students will be concurrently enrolled in or have already completed CHNG2802 or MATH2xxx
P CHNG1103
Semester 1
CHNG2802
Chemical Engineering Modelling and Analysis
6    A Calculus, linear algebra, descriptive statistics.
P (MATH1001 OR MATH1021 OR MATH1901 OR MATH1921) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023 OR MATH1903 OR MATH1923) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1015 OR MATH1905 OR BUSS1020) AND CHNG1103
Semester 1
CHNG2803
Heat and Mass Transfer
6    A It is assumed that students will be concurrently enrolled in or have already completed: CHNG2801 or equivalent, and (CHNG2802 or MATH2XXX)
P (MATH1001 OR MATH1021 OR MATH1901 OR MATH1921) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023 OR MATH1903 OR MATH1923) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1905 OR BUSS1020) AND (ENGG1801 OR ENGG1810) AND CHNG1103
Semester 1
CHNG2804
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
6    A Calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods, computational tools (Matlab, Excel), basic mass and energy balances, heat transfer, mass transfer, momentum (from fluid mechanics), reaction balances.
P CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1111 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1911)
Semester 2
CHNG2806
Separation Processes
6    A It is assumed that students will be concurrently enrolled in or have already completed CHNG2804 or equivalent
P CHNG1103
Semester 2
CHNG3801
Process Plant Design
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.
P CHNG2801 AND CHNG2802 AND CHNG2803 AND CHNG2804 AND CHNG2806
Semester 2
CHNG3802
Process Dynamics and Control
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.
P CHNG2802 or AMME2960 OR BMET2960
Semester 1
CHNG3803
Reaction Engineering
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.
P CHNG2801 and (CHNG2802 or AMME2960 OR BMET2960) and CHNG2803
Semester 1
CHNG3804
Biochemical Engineering
6    A CHNG2801, CHNG2802, CHNG2803 AND CHNG2806 or equivalents
Semester 2
CHNG3805
Particle Processing
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.
P CHNG2801 and CHNG2802 and CHNG2803 and CHNG2804 and (CHNG2805 or CHNG1106) and CHNG2806
Semester 1
CHNG3806
Risk Management for Chemical Engineering
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.
P CHNG2801 and CHNG2802 and CHNG2803 and CHNG2804 and (CHNG2805 OR CHNG1106) and CHNG2806
Semester 2
CHNG4802
Chemical Engineering Design A
6    P CHNG3801 AND CHNG3804 AND CHNG3806
C CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805
N CHNG4203
Semester 1
CHNG4806
Chemical Engineering Design B
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 3000 level chemical engineering units of study have been successfully completed, as well as the related first semester UoS CHNG4802 or CHNG4203.
P CHNG4802 or CHNG4203


Permission required for enrolment prior to CHNG4802 in the case of Mid-Year Entry students.
Semester 2

Chemistry units

CHEM2521
Molecular Stability and Reactivity
6    P (CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002 )
N CHEM2921 or CHEM2991 or CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915
Semester 1
CHEM2921
Molecular Stability and Reactivity (Advanced)
6    P A mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
N CHEM2521 or CHEM2991 or CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915
Semester 1
CHEM2991
Molecular Stability and Reactivity (SSP)
6    P A mark of 75 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 75 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
N CHEM2921 or CHEM2521 or CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915
Semester 1
CHEM2522
Sustainable Chemical Manufacture
6    P (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
N CHEM2922 or CHEM2532 or CHEM2404
Semester 1
CHEM2922
Sustainable Chemical Manufacture (Advanced)
6    P A mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
N CHEM2522 or CHEM2532 or CHEM2404
Semester 1
CHEM2523
Chemistry of Biological Molecules
6    P (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002 )
N CHEM2923 or CHEM2533 or CHEM2403 or CHEM2913
Semester 2
CHEM2923
Chemistry of Biological Molecules (Advanced)
6    P A mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
N CHEM2523 or CHEM2533 or CHEM2403 or CHEM2913
Semester 2
CHEM2524
Chemical Physics
6    P (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002 )
N CHEM2924 or CHEM2534 or CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916
Semester 2
CHEM2924
Chemical Physics (Advanced)
6    P A mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
N CHEM2524 or CHEM2534 or CHEM2402 or CHEM2912
Semester 2

Stream Breadth units

CHNG3808
Engineering Macromolecules and Nanocomposites
6    A CHNG2801 and 12 cp of CHEM1XXX
Semester 1
CHNG3809
Laboratory and Industrial Practice
6    C CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803
Semester 1
CHNG5003
Green Engineering
6    A Completion of 72 cp in science, engineering or equivalent.
Semester 2
CHNG5005
Wastewater Engineering
6    A Knowledge of mass and energy balances, mathematics, process design, biochemical processes, and particle mechanics at a level typical of an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Assumed knowledge is equivalent to material covered in CHNG1103 AND CHNG2801 AND CHNG2802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3804 AND CHNG3805.
Semester 1
CHNG5601
Membrane Science
6      Semester 1
CHNG5605
Bio-Products: Laboratory to Marketplace
6   

This unit is for Master degree students and also is offered as an elective for fourth year students.
Semester 2
FOOD3001
Food Processing and Value Adding
6    A 6cp of (BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX) and 6cp of CHEM1XXX
P Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
N AGEN3004


This unit needs to be available as a non-award course so that students seeking admission to the MND have an option to fulfil the 6 cp Food Science prerequisite, if their previous study does not fulfil this requirement already.
Semester 1

Stream Depth units

CHNG4203
Major Industrial Project
24    A Passed at least 144 credit points. Students wishing to do this unit of study are required to discuss the matter with the Head of School prior to enrolment.
P 144 CP prior study with >65% WAM
N CHNG4811 OR CHNG4812 OR ENGG4000 OR CHNG4802

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrollment by permission only. The candidate will be selected by interview and at the discretion of the Head of School. For students whose degree includes ENGG4000, CHNG4203 counts in place of this unit. Students whose degree includes the Professional Engagement Program must enrol in all PEP units. CHNG4203 will count toward the Engineering Work requirement.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNG5001
Process Systems Engineering
6    A 1000 level physics and mathematics (differential equations). Use of mathematical and/or computer-based modelling tools and techniques. Feedback control concepts and principles as taught in CHNG3802/CHNG9302 or similar courses. Students who are unsure about meeting these requirements should contact the unit coordinator for advice.


This unit of study is for Masters students and can be selected as an elective by 4th year students.
Semester 2
CHNG5004
Particles and Surfaces
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that students have acquired knowledge equivalent to CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806.
Semester 1
CHNG5006
Advanced Wastewater Engineering
6    A General knowledge of wastewater treatment and the range of technologies currently used (equivalent to CHNG5005) OR the principles of biochemical engineering and their application in engineering (equivalent to CHNG3804).
Semester 2
CHNG5008
Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering
6    A 12cp CHEM2xxx
Semester 2
CHNG5009
Digital Circular Economy
6      Semester 1
CHNG5602
Cellular Biophysics
6      Semester 2
CHNG5603
Advanced Industrial Modelling and Analysis
6    A It is assumed that students have a general knowledge of mathematics typical of an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, equivalent to MATH1021 AND MATH1023 AND (CHNG2802 OR MATH2XXX). This unit is for postgraduate students and also is offered as an elective for fourth year undergraduate students.


This unit is for Master degree students and also is offered as an elective for fourth year students. Some lectures my be given by a guest lecturer.
Semester 1
CHNG5604
Advanced Membrane Engineering
6    A The physics and electrochemistry of synthetic and cellular membranes. Knowledge of membrane manufacture, membrane separation processes and membrane characterisation and monitoring. Assumed knowledge is equivalent to CHNG5601.
Semester 2
CHNG5606
Advanced Food Processing
6    A Knowledge of fluid mechanics and mathematics at a level typical of an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Assumed knowledge is equivalent to CHNG2801 (or AMME2261 or AMME2200 or CIVL2611 or CIVL3612 or CIVL9612) AND CHNG2802 (or AMME2000 or MATH2021 or MATH2061 or MATH2921). This unit is for postgraduate students and also is offered as an elective for fourth year undergraduate students.


This unit of study is for Masters students and can be selected as an elective by 4th year students.
Semester 2
ENGG5206
Exponential and Emerging Technologies
6    A Minimum 24 credit points of 3000 level units
Semester 2