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CHNG1108: Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CHNG1108
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
ENGG1800 or CIVL1900 or MECH1560 or AERO1560 or AMME1960 or BMET1960 or MTRX1701 or ENGG1960 or ELEC1004 or ELEC1005
Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics and Chemistry

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Gustavo Fimbres Weihs,
Lecturer(s) Gustavo Fimbres Weihs,
Anne Mai-Prochnow,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final Exam
Written test encompassing all topics covered during the semester.
30% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Project
- Proposal pres. - Proposal report - Testing video - Minutes - Final report
30% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Participation Participation
Proactive participation in Lectures, Tutorials, Canvas and SparkPlus
5% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3
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
Online task Quiz on Chemical Engineering Principles
Quiz of understanding of Chemical Engineering Principles
10% Week 07
Due date: 05 Apr 2022 at 10:00

Closing date: 05 Apr 2022
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Presentation group assignment Interview an Engineer
Presentation video of interview with Engineer, to be submitted online
10% Week 12 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

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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For more information see guide to grades.

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 5% per business day. It is a cap based penalty: 1 day late, maximum attainable mark is 95%. 3 days late, maximum attainable mark is 85%. 5 days (1 week) late, maximum attainable mark is 75%. Failure to submit any assessment will award zero marks, unless special consideration is granted.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Lecture: Welcome and course introduction. Tutorial: Team building exercise. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Lecture: Small team project introduction, how to do teamwork. Tutorial: Team building / supply chain exercise, Individual team meetings - project planning. Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Lecture: Chemical Engineering History and Principles. Tutorial: Calculations in Chemical Engineering, Individual team meetings - project planning. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 04 Lecture: Lecture by John Kavanagh (What to expect to learn, Y1-Y4). Tutorial: Report writing, presentation skills, referencing software, Individual team meetings - project planning. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Lecture: Safety in Chemical Engineering. Tutorial: Quiz, Individual team meetings - Proposal and Risk Assessment writing. Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Lecture: Ethics in Engineering. Tutorial: Project work - Proposal presentations. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Lecture: Lecture by Anne Mai-Prochnow (Cold plasma). Tutorial: Individual team meetings - project planning. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Lecture: Lecture by Gustavo Fimbres (Mathematical Modelling). Tutorial: Project work (lab) - test prototype performance. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Lecture: N/A (Public Holiday). Tutorial: Project work (lab) - test prototype performance. Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO5
Week 10 Lecture: Guest Lecture by industry professional. Tutorial: Project work (lab) - test prototype performance. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Lecture: Virtual Plant Tour. Tutorial: Planning to Interview an Engineer. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Lecture: Lecture by David Wang (Membranes). Tutorial: Preparing Interview Video. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Lecture: Student Interview Presentations. Tutorial: Reflection - Has your view of chemical engineering changed? Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5

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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