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Unit of study_

CHNG3809: Laboratory and Industrial Practice

This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in the operation of process plants and pilot plants. In particular students will have the opportunity to apply chemical and biomolecular engineering fundamentals to real world problems including distillation, heat transfer, fermentation, filtration, crystallisation and reverse osmosis. The unit will give students experience with examples drawn from the petrochemical, minerals, biotech, pharmaceutical and water industries. In addition the unit will also give students an additional opportunity to apply the knowledge of experimental design, data analysis and statistics.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG3809
Unit name Laboratory and Industrial Practice
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Zongwen Liu,
Lecturer(s) Zongwen Liu ,
Tutor(s) Naveed Khan ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Lab report 1
20% Week 04 -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Lab report 2
20% Week 06 -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Pilot plant report 1
30% Week 09 -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO4 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Pilot plant report 2
30% Week 12 -
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO4 LO6 LO7
group assignment = group assignment ?

The assessment of this unit is based on lab performance (10%) and lab reports (90%). There is no exam. There are many aspects to assess your lab performance including whether you have been punctual and actively engaging in date collection, and your effort in tidying the lab after finishing. You are expecting to submit a lab report for each of the four lab works, two individual reports for two small scale laboratories, and two group reports for two pilot plants.

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:

Each lab report is expected to be submitted within two weeks after the lab work. If you have a valid reason for a late submission, please advise any of the teaching staff. Late submission without an early request may result in a penalty of 5% from your report marks.

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 Only two lectures are offered at the start of the course. Lecture 1 is "Introduction and Safety" Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Lecture 2: Calculation of experimental errors Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2

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

Reading references will be up loaded to Canvas. 

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. plan laboratory work in small teams
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of the chemical and processing industries in Australia and around the world
  • LO3. write concise engineering laboratory reports or to present engineering information
  • LO4. apply chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering fundamentals to real world processes
  • LO5. collect, analyse, interpret and present data required to document process plant operations for a diverse range of plant types
  • LO6. design an experimental plan
  • LO7. model complex process plant operations for a diverse range of plant types, using appropriate flow diagrams.

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
The weighting of each lab work towards the overall assessment has been slightly adjusted.

Work, health and safety

Health and safety requirements will be outlined during the first lecture. 


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