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CHNG4203: Major Industrial Project

Semester 1, 2020 [Supervision] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study will give students a rich experience in carrying out a major project within an industrial environment, and in preparing and presenting detailed technical reports (both oral and written) on their work. The project is carried out under joint University/industry supervision and extends over several months, with the student essentially being engaged full-time on the project at the industrial site. Previous students have been placed with industries in areas including the mining industry, oil and gas processing, plastic and paint manufacture, food production, manufacturing and so on. Students will learn from this experience the following essential engineering skills: how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, organise a program of work, and analyse results and evaluate these in relation to existing knowledge. Presentation skills will also be developed, which are highly relevant to many branches of engineering activity.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CHNG4203
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 24
CHNG4811 OR CHNG4812 OR ENGG4000 OR CHNG4802
144 CP prior study with >65% WAM
Assumed knowledge

Passed at least 144 credit points. Students wishing to do this unit of study are required to discuss the matter with the Head of School prior to enrolment.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Timothy Langrish,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Presentation/Seminar
33% - N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Creative assessment / demonstration Project
67% Week 13 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Project: Assessment total 24 credit points apportioned
  1.  Thesis (16 cps)
  2.  Case Studies (4 cps)
  3.  Presentations (2 off) (2 cps)
  4.  Poster (2 cps)

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.

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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Attendance and class requirements

40 hours per week with the company at the company location, normally, and two oral presentations and one poster presentation in Sydney

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 24 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 480-600 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Literature review and project reports from the University of Sydney Library and from companies, as appropriate for each placement.

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. formulate, plan and deliver an individual technical project addressing a real problem in an industry setting
  • LO2. document and report upon project work undertaken at professional engineering standard in spoken and written form
  • LO3. make effective use of computer-based tools of project planning
  • LO4. analyse chemical engineering technical issues critically, constructively and in depth, with reference to the literature and their own work
  • LO5. analyse and interpret technical results with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved
  • LO6. analyse and discuss organisational structure and its potential impact on project delivery
  • LO7. analyse and interpret quality control methods and expectations affecting the project and its operational context
  • LO8. assess risk factors affecting the project and its operational context
  • LO9. devise an appropriate methodology to attack the given technical task
  • LO10. model an industrial process design in a real operational setting, with due consideration of the modelling method used and its limitations

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

No significant changes have been made, but all aspects of the unit of study have been re-considered.

Students should contact the General Office for administrative inquiries and the Unit of Study Coordinator for academic inquiries.

Additional costs

Companies will normally pay travel costs for students (return airfare) and will arrange accommodation for students at the students' own cost. Food and other expenses in the placement should be covered by the student.

Site visit guidelines

Must adhere to all WHS requirements (as above).

Work, health and safety

Studens must follow both University WHS and company WHS regulations. Consult the Unit of Study Coordinator if there is any clash.


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