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Unit of study_

CHNG2804: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

This is a core unit within the curriculum. Chemical Engineering requires an understanding of material and energy transformations and how these are driven by molecular interactions. The rate of such transformations is dependent on driving forces and resistances, and these need to be defined in terms of fundamental physical and chemical properties of systems. This course seeks to provide students with a sound basis of the thermodynamics of chemical systems, and how these, in turn, define limits of behaviour for such real systems. The thermodynamic basis for rate processes is explored, and the role of energy transfer processes in these highlighted, along with criteria for equilibrium and stability. Emphasis is placed on the prediction of physical properties of chemicalsystems in terms of state variables. The course delivery mechanism is problem-based, and examples from thermal and chemical processes will be considered, covering molecular to macro-systems scale. The course builds naturally from the second year first semester course in heat and mass transfer, and prepares students fundamentally for the third year course in design of chemical and biological processes, which deals fundamentally with reaction/separation systems, and considers phase and chemical equilibria.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG2804
Unit name Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1111 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1911)
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.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Alejandro Montoya,
Lecturer(s) Alejandro Montoya ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final Exam
Individual examination without invigilation
30% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
Small test Regular online assessment
Individual Canvas Quiz, Special Consideration required to resit quiz
10% Multiple weeks 30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Individual Canvas Quiz, Special Consideration required to resit quiz
25% Week -05 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment group assignment Research Report
Seminar about special topics in thermodynamics
10% Week 08 15 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Individual Canvas Quiz, Special Consideration required to resit quiz
25% Week 11 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO6 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

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.

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 Basic concepts of energy balance Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 02 The energy balance in engineering unit operations Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 03 Basic concepts of entropy and entropy balance in engineering unit operations Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 04 1. Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids under ideal conditions; 2. Property interrelations Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4
Week 05 Thermodynamic properties of pure fluids under real conditions Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4
Week 06 Basic concepts of binary phase equilibrium Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO7
Week 07 Phase equilibria of binary systems under ideal conditions Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO7
Week 08 Phase equilibria of binary systems under real conditions Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO7
Week 09 Basic concepts of refrigeration Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 10 Basic concepts of power production Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6
Week 11 Basic concepts of motive power Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6
Week 12 Basic concepts of thermodynamic equilibrium of reactive systems Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Self learning: 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.

Attendance: The lectures will be delivered online using Zoom. Each lecture will be recorded and available in the Canvas site whithin the first 24 hours after the lecture. You are highly encouraged to attend the zoom sessions at the time of lectures. I will make use of break-up sessions in Zoom during lecture times. Tutors will be available to provide feedback on tutorials during break-up sessions.   

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.

Prescribed readings

Lecture slides, tutorial exercises, electronic applications are available in the canvas site before each lecture. Also, students should study from the following primary books:

  • Modern Engineering Thermodynamics, Robert T. Balmer, Academic Press, 2011

Library online link to book:

Library online link to appendices


  • Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Kevin D. Dham and Donald P. Visco, Jr. 2015

Library online link to book:



Optional text:

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. Identify thermodynamic equipment and interpret data obtained from practical experimental laboratory
  • LO2. undertake peer reviews and participate in workshops
  • LO3. estimate thermodynamic properties of non-reactive fluids by carrying out energy, and entropy balances under steady, and non-steady conditions
  • LO4. apply the concept of property interrelation of thermodynamic variables to predict state variables of chemical systems under ideal, and non-ideal conditions
  • LO5. employ the concepts of mass, energy, and entropy balance, and property interrelations to predict state variables in turbine and refrigeration systems
  • LO6. perform thermodynamic calculations on motive power devices
  • LO7. characterise systems that include a mixture of phases and different component species using equilibrium principles in engineering thermodynamics.

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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