Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

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

Master of Professional Engineering (Sustainability and Environmental Engineering)

To qualify for the award of the Master of Professional Engineering in this specialisation, a candidate must complete 144 credit points, including:
(a) 108 credit points of Core units of study
(b) ENGG5217 Practical Experience
(c) A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 credit points of Project units or Research pathway units of study
(d) A minimum of 18 credit points of Specialist Elective units of study (reduced to 12 credit points if undertaking the Research pathway)
(e) A maximum of 6 credit points of Elective units of study

Core units

Year One

AMME9261
Fluid Mechanics 1
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with first year basic maths: integral calculus, differential calculus and linear algebra.
N AMME5200
Semester 1
CHNG9000
Chemical Engineering for Scientists
6    A University level mathematics, calculus, linear algebra and statistics.
Semester 1
CHNG9103
Conservation of Mass and Energy
6    A University level mathematics, calculus, linear algebra and statistics.
N CHNG1103 OR CHNG5707
Semester 2
CHNG9201
Fluid Mechanics
6    A Calculus, Computations (Matlab, Excel), Mass and Energy Balances.
N CHNG5701 OR CHNG2801
Semester 1
CHNG9203
Heat and Mass Transfer
6    A Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. Ability to use mathematics of calculus (including vector calculus) and linear algebra, and carry out computations with MATLAB and MS EXCEL. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature, and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on qualitative and quantitative information.
N CHNG2803 OR CHNG5703
Semester 1
CHNG9206
Separation Processes
6    A Mass and energy balances, physical chemistry, physics.
N CHNG2806 OR CHNG5706
Semester 2
CIVL9010
Environmental Engineering
6    A Strong calculus knowledge and substantial report writing skills are recommended for success in this subject, as well as the ability to program in MATLAB. Basic understanding of structural mechanics is also an advantage.
N CIVL2010
Semester 2
ENGG9810
Introduction to Engineering Computing
6    N ENGG9801 or ENGG1801 or ENGG1810 or INFO1110 or INFO1910 or INFO1103 or INFO1903 or INFO1105 or INFO1905 or COSC1003
Semester 1
Semester 2
PHYS5034
Life Cycle Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 2
Note: Students should select either AMME9261 Fluid Mechanics 1 or CHNG9201 Fluid Mechanics

Year Two

AMME9262
Thermal Engineering 1
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with basic, first year, integral calculus, differential calculus and linear algebra.
N AMME5200
Semester 2
CHNG9204
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.
N CHNG2804 OR CHNG5704
Semester 2
CHNG9301
Process Plant Design
6    A CHNG9201 and CHNG9202 and CHNG9203 and CHNG9204 and CHNG9206
N CHNG5801
Semester 2
CHNG9302
Process Dynamics and Control
6    A CHNG9202. Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering units in second year have been successfully completed.
N CHNG5802
Semester 1
CHNG9305
Particle Processing
6    A CHNG9201 and CHNG9202 and CHNG9204. Mass and energy balances, physical chemistry, physics.
N CHNG3805 OR CHNG5805
Semester 1
CIVL5320
Engineering for Sustainable Development
6    P CIVL3310 OR CIVL9310
Semester 2
CIVL9310
Humanitarian Engineering
6      Semester 1
ENGG5204
Engineering Professional Practice
6    A Competences and experience in engineering obtained during an accepted engineering degree
Semester 1
Note: Students should select either AMME9262 Thermal Engineering 1 or CHNG9204 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.

Year Three

ENGG5102
Entrepreneurship for Engineers
6    A Some limited industry experience is preferred but not essential.
N ELEC5701
Semester 1
ENGG5103
Safety Systems and Risk Analysis
6      Semester 2
ENGG5202
Sustainable Design, Eng and Mgt
6    A General knowledge in science and calculus and understanding of basic principles of chemistry, physics and mechanics
Semester 1
CHNG9306
Risk Management for Chemical Engineering
6    A CHNG9201 and CHNG9202 and CHNG9203 and CHNG9204and CHNG9206. Mass and energy balances, physical chemistry, physics.
N CHNG3806 OR CHNG5806
Semester 2
ENGG5217
Practical Experience
   N ENGP1000 OR ENGP2000 OR ENGP3000 OR ENGG4000 OR CHNG5205 OR AMME5010


Students should have completed one year of their MPE program before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive April
Intensive August
Intensive December
Intensive February
Intensive January
Intensive July
Intensive June
Intensive March
Intensive May
Intensive November
Intensive October
Intensive September
Note: Students should select either ENGG5103 Safety Systems and Risk Analysis or CHNG9306 Risk Management for Chemical Engineering

Specialist Elective units

Candidates must complete a minimum of 18 credit points from the following Specialist Elective units of study:
AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
6    A A basic understanding of climate change processes and issues.
Semester 2
CHNG5003
Green Engineering
6    A Completion of 72 cp in science, engineering or equivalent.
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
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
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
CHNG5601
Membrane Science
6      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
CIVL5351
Geoenvironmental Engineering
6      Semester 2
CIVL5670
Reservoir, Stream and Coastal Engineering
6    A (CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612) AND MATH2061
Semester 1
CIVL6665
Advanced Water Resources Engineering
6    A CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612
N CIVL5665
Semester 2
ELEC5206
Sustainable Energy Systems
6    A A background in power electronics converters and control theory such as that covered in ELEC3204/9204 and ELEC3304/9304 is assumed.
Semester 2

Elective units

Candidates may complete a maximum of 6 credit points from the following Elective units of study:
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
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
CIVL5670
Reservoir, Stream and Coastal Engineering
6    A (CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612) AND MATH2061
Semester 1
CIVL9612
Fluid Mechanics
6    A CIVL9201 AND CIVL9611 AND (ENGG9802 OR CIVL9802). This unit of study follows on from Fluid Mechanics CIVL9611, which provides the essential fundamental fluid mechanics background and theory, and is assumed to be known and fully understood.
Semester 1
CIVL9614
Hydrology
6    A (CIVL9802 or ENGG9802) AND CIVL9612 AND MATH2061
P CIVL9611
Semester 2
CSYS5010
Introduction to Complex Systems
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
INFC7000
Inventing the Future
6    A Students are expected to be experienced in their own discipline at a postgraduate level.


Students must be able to start in the first week and commit to the full semester. Students must be at a postgraduate level within their own faculty. An application form will be required to be completed to ensure appropriate fit for students to this style of Unit. The Unit is designed for high achieving students and is not suitable for all students. The application form is designed to ensure students who undertake this unit are suitable for such a program.
Semester 2
MECH9261
Fluid Mechanics 2
6    A Linear Mathematics, Vector Calculus, Differential Equations and Fourier Series
P AMME9261 OR AMME9200
N MECH8261
Semester 1

Project units

All candidates are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit points of Project or Research units during the final year of study.
Candidates achieving an average mark of 70% or higher are eligible for the Extended Capstone Project.
Extended Capstone Project candidates take Capstone Project units CHNG5020 and CHNG5022 (total 18 cp) in place of Capstone Project CHNG5020, CHNG5021 and 6 cp of elective units, or CIVL5020 and CIVL5022 (total 18 cp) in place of CIVL5020 and CIVL5021 and 6 credit points of elective units.
CHNG5020
Capstone Project A
6    A (CHNG9301 OR CHNG5801) AND (CHNG9302 OR CHNG5802) AND (CHNG9303 OR CHNG5803) AND (CHNG9305 OR CHNG5805) AND (CHNG9306 OR CHNG5806).
P 96 cp from MPE degree program or 48 cp from the MPE(Accel) program or 24 cp from the ME program (including any credit for previous study).
N CHNG5222 OR CHNG5223 OR CHNG5205
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNG5021
Capstone Project B
6    A Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that Capstone Project A has been successfully completed.
C CHNG5020
N CHNG5022 OR CHNG5222 OR CHNG5223 OR CHNG5205
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNG5022
Capstone Project B Extended
12    P 24 credit points in the Master of Engineering and WAM >=70, or 96 credit points in the Master of Professional Engineering and WAM >=70, or 48cp from MPE(Accel) program and WAM >=70
C CHNG5020
N CHNG5021 OR CHNG5222 OR CHNG5223

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Permission required for semester 1 or 2 based on achievement in Capstone Project A and taking other program requirements into consideration.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5020
Capstone Project A
6    P 96 cp from MPE degree program or 48 cp from the MPE(Accel) program or 24 cp from the ME program (including any credit for previous study).
N CIVL5222 OR CIVL5223
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5021
Capstone Project B
6    C CIVL5020
N CIVL5222 OR CIVL5223 OR CIVL5022
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5022
Capstone Project B Extended
12    P 24 credit points in the Master of Engineering and WAM >=70 or 96 credit points in the Master of Professional Engineering and WAM >=70 or 48cp from MPE(Accel) program and WAM >=70
N CIVL5021 OR CIVL5222 OR CIVL5223

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Research Pathway

Candidates achieving an average mark of 75% or higher are eligible for the Research Pathway.
Research pathway candidates take Dissertation units CHNG5222 and CHNG5223 (total 24 cp) or CIVL5222 and CIVL5223 (total 24 cp) in place of Capstone Project units and 12 cp of elective or specialist elective units.
CHNG5222
Dissertation A
12    N ENGG5220 OR ENGG5221 OR CHNG5020 OR CHNG5021 OR CHNG5022

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNG5223
Dissertation B
12    C CHNG5222
N ENGG5220 OR ENGG5221 OR CHNG5020 OR CHNG5021 OR CHNG5022

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5222
Dissertation A
12    N CIVL5020 OR CIVL5021 OR CIVL5022

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5223
Dissertation B
12    N CIVL5020 OR CIVL5021 OR CIVL5022

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Semester 1
Semester 2

ESIPS-MIPPS (Engineering Sydney Industry Placement Scheme)

ESIPS candidates take CHNG5205 Major Industrial Project Placement (24 credit points) in place of the Engineering Project units (12 credit points) plus two of the electives from the Specialist Units of Study.
CHNG5205
Major Industrial Placement Project
24    P Passed at least 48 credit points in Master of professional engineering with adequate foundation knowledge in discipline. Students wishing to do this unit of study should contact the Head of School prior to enrolment.
N CHNG5020 OR CHNG5021 OR ENGG5217 OR CHNG9402 OR CHNG5112

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment by permission only. The students enrolled in this subject should have completed the first year Master of Professional Engineering with specialisation in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minimum credit average. The candidate will be selected by interview and at the discretion of the Head of School. Students enrolled in this subject are exempted from completing Chemical Engineering Design A (CHNG9402), Capstone Project A and B (CHNG5020 and CHNG5021) and one of the electives from the Specialist Units of Study that students are expected to take in the first semester of the second year. This exemption is granted because students are exposed to the core aspects of these courses through practical exercises undertaken during the MIPPS placement. While undertaking MIPPS, students have a unique opportunity to see and experience the industrial environment around them, in a manner which is not available at University. MIPPS students are required to enroll in Chemical Engineering Design B (CHNG9406) in the following semester.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Exchange units

With approval of the Program Director, up to 12 credit points of Exchange units may taken in place of other units, towards the requirements of the degree.