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CHNG3805: Particle Processing

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

This unit of study teaches principles of particle technology and solid separation process required for chemical and biomolecular engineering. It provides students with the tools and knowhow to tackle unit operation tasks related to chemical engineering. It also includes project based study components including a research project on fluidisation of solid particles, a dyer design project and a lab session on chromatograph. The integrated course structure helps students to develop a physical understanding of particle technology and solid separation process and gain the ability to solve problems of engineering significance.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CHNG3805
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
CHNG2801 and CHNG2803
Assumed knowledge

Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 2000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Li Wei,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final examination
Calculation problems.
55% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Small continuous assessment In-class quiz:
multiple choice question simple calculation question
10% Ongoing 5~10 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Participation group assignment Lab
lab experiment and report submission
5% Progressive 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Weekly homework
Written questions in soft/hard copies. due 17:00 next lecture day
30% Weekly 3~6 hours/week
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?

Assessment summary

The assessment of CHNG3805 is composed of

(1) Weekly homework (a total of 30%):

    3% each, total 12 times. The best 10 marks will be counted for the final mark.
    In the form of calculation problems and conceptual questions.
    Submission in softcopy and due 17:00 next lecture day.

(2) In-class weekly quiz a total of (10)%:

    1% each, total 12 times. The best 10 marks will be counted for the final mark.
    In the form of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), may require a low level of simple calculation to testify your knowledge of the last lecture.
    It will be open online during class and closed after 15 min. A single try is allowed.

(3) Teaching lab (5%):

    5% one time.
    Lab report submission in soft-copy. Submission due 17:00 lab day next week.

(4) Formal final exam (55%):

    55%. Semi-open book individual exam. Written problems, 2 hours.
    Non-programmable calculator and one piece of double-sided A4 equation sheet are allowed.

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:

Late submission of homework and lab reports will receive a 50% late penalty. The missing of the in-class quiz will receive a 0 mark. Special consideration may be granted if valid proof is provided to explain any late submission.

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 1. Course introduction; 2. Particle characterisation Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 1 and Homework 1 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 1. Crushing and classification; 2. Solid mixing and segregation Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 2 and Homework 2 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Lab session starts Practical (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 1. Solid mixing and segregation; 2. Size enlargement Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 3 and Homework 3 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Crystallization, desublimation and evaporation Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 4 and Homework 4 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Crystallization, desublimation and evaporation Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 5 and Homework 5 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Fluid flow through porous media, filtration Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 6 and Homework 6 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Dilute systems and hindered system Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 7 and Homework 7 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 Fluidisation Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 8 and Homework 8 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 09 Centrifugal separation and cyclone Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 9 and Homework 9 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 Conveying and gas cleaning Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 10 and Homework 10 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 Powder flow and storage Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 11 and Homework 11 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 12 Electrophoresis; particle hazards Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Sample question Q&A of Lecture 12 and Homework 12 Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 13 Unit review Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Feedback and Q&A session Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Last lab week and makeup session Practical (1 hr) LO2

Attendance and class requirements

The students are required to wear the proper outfit (closed shoes, long pants, tied long hair, etc.) and personal protective equipment (goggle, lab coat, gloves (will be provided)) during the lab session.

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.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Richard Holdich, Fundamentals of Particle Technology.
  • Rhodes, Martin J., Introduction to Particle Technology. Australia: Jacaranda Wiley Ltd., 1998. 620.4346.
  • Philip C. Wankat, Separation Process Engineering. Prentice Hall,

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. Understand the fundamentals of particle technology, including particle characterisation and properties, particle processing (crystallisation granulation, mixing and size reduction, fluidisation ), storage and transport (hopper and conveying), separation (filtration, settling and cyclones) and drying, particle hazards
  • LO2. Develop representative models of real processes and draw conclusions from analysis solid-handling processes; develop the capability to perform fundamental analysis of various processes based on energy and material balances
  • LO3. Appreciate advanced topics related to particle processing

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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