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Unit of study_

CHNG1108: Introduction to Chemical Engineering

This unit will introduce students to the profession of chemical engineering. It will give students an appreciation of the variety of the chemical and process industries, their history, the economic importance and the scale of their operations both in Australia and globally. The unit will make use of virtual process plants and industrial leaders as guest speakers.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG1108
Unit name Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ENGG1800 or CIVL1900 or MECH1560 or AERO1560 or AMME1960 or BMET1960 or MTRX1701 or ENGG1960 or ELEC1004
Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics and Chemistry

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Gustavo Adolfo Fimbres Weihs,
Lecturer(s) Anne Gerda Erna Mai-Prochnow ,
Gustavo Adolfo Fimbres Weihs,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final Canvas Quiz
Canvas Quiz of all topics covered during the semester
10% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4
Assignment group assignment Project
- Proposal video - Proposal report - Performance test video - Final report
35% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Final Essay
Reflection on how your views on Chemical Engineering have changed
Due date: 13 Jun 2021
3 pages of written text
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Assignment Essay - What are chemical engineers
Essay on understanding of Chemical Engineering
15% Week 03 3 pages of written text
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Assignment Quiz on Chemical Engineering Principles
Quiz of understanding of Chemical Engineering Principles
10% Week 04 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Presentation group assignment Interview an Engineer
Presentation video of interview with Engineer, to be submitted online
15% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

All group assessments require you to review your performance and that of your team members using SPARKPLUS. Individual marks for group assessments will be adjusted based on these reviews.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Submission deadline is midnight on the due date. Late penalty for any online assessment is 10% per business day. It is a cap based penalty: 1 day late, maximum attainable mark is 90%. 3 days late, maximum attainable mark is 70%. 5 days (1 week) late, maximum attainable mark is 50%. Failure to submit any assessment will award zero marks, unless special consideration is granted.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Lecture: Welcome and course introduction Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Lecture: Small team project introduction, how to do teamwork. Tutorial: Team building exercise, Essay writing - What are chemical engineers Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Lecture: Lecture by John Kavanagh (What do expect to learn, Y1-Y4) Tutorial: Supply Chain, Teamwork Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Lecture: Lecture by Dianne Wiley (Safety) Tutorial: Quiz, Individual team meetings - project planning and proposal video Online class (3 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 05 Lecture: Essay writing and presentation skills Tutorial: Referencing software, Team work (Proposal preparation) Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 06 Lecture: Student project plan presentations (design, cost, resources) Tutorial: Project work - build a prototype Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 07 Lecture: Student project plan presentations (design, cost, resources) Tutorial: Project work - build a prototype Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 08 Lecture: Lecture by Gustavo Fimbres (Mathematical Modelling) Tutorial: Interview an Engineering planning Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Lecture: Lecture by Anne Mai-Prochnow (Cold plasma) Tutorial: Individual team meetings - project planning Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Lecture: Lecture by industry professional (Water treatment) Tutorial: Project work - build a prototype Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Lecture: Student presentations about project prototype results Tutorial: Project work - test a prototype performance Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Lecture: Student presentations about project prototype results Tutorial: Prepare video of interview for class presentation Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Lecture: Student presentations about interviews Tutorial: Student presentations about interviews Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognise the principles of chemical engineering and the engineering design process
  • LO2. write and critique short engineering reports
  • LO3. work effectively in small groups
  • LO4. recognise the roles and potential career paths of chemical engineers
  • LO5. recognise the size and scope of the process industries.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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