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Unit of study_

CHNG4806: Chemical Engineering Design B

In the overall design process, chemical engineers must clearly understand the (often complex) interactions and trade-offs that occur between technical, economic, social and environmental considerations. This unit of study builds on concepts in each of these areas introduced in previous years but with an emphasis on their successful integration within a comprehensive design activity. This design activity is spread over two units (Chemical Engineering Design A and B) run in first and second semester. The primary aim in the first unit is to consider the technical issues- with an emphasis on creating and evaluating a range of alternative options that exist at both the unit operation and complete flowsheet levels. The primary emphasis in this unit is on evaluating how non-technical considerations affect the final process design and its operation. Students joining this course from the Major Industrial Placement Project (MIPPs CHNG 4203) or as overseas students (with approval) do the same assignment but on a different schedule.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG4806
Unit name Chemical Engineering Design B
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

CHNG4802 or CHNG4203
Assumed knowledge

Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 3000 level chemical engineering units of study have been successfully completed, as well as the related first semester UoS CHNG4802 or CHNG4203.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Gordon Weiss,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Overall project design report
68% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Individual design project
32% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Overall project design report (report 5): There are four main progressive project submissions and each will be given an indicative mark and returned with comments. Three will be group submissions and one will be an individual submission based on the student’s core discipline. The four progressive reports will then be combined into a single consolidated final report (in both printed copy and a pdf copy). It is this report which will be uploaded to Turnitin and marked.

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 Schedule, assessment, how the groups were formed, activities for week 1, the design process, outline of all reports, working in groups, project management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Preparation of PFDs, understanding utilities, understanding site layouts, presenting material in reports Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Design of equipment, design of control systems for unit operations Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Preparing P&IDs, vent, vacuum and overflow calculations Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Week 05 Mechanical drawings Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO7
Week 06 Overall control system design, more on P&IDs Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO7
Week 07 Demonstration HAZOP Workshop (2 hr) LO6
Week 10 HAZOP week Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 11 Estimating capital and operating costs, determining personnel requirements, economic analysis Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7

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

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

  • Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers. Peters, Timmerhaus and West. Fifth edition. McGraw Hill. 2003.

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. work effectively within a team to deliver a common objective
  • LO2. identify knowledge gaps and evaluate the technical literature to close the knowledge gaps as it applies to the design of the proposed process flowsheet
  • LO3. evaluate and optimise alternative process flowsheet designs to ensure compliance with the specified performance requirements
  • LO4. construct a complex process flowsheet with reference to the specified performance requirements, while dealing with competing objectives and constraints
  • LO5. apply prior knowledge of unit operations to design a unit operation within a proposed process flowsheet, including the application of chemical engineering design tools
  • LO6. undertake hazard assessments, hazard operability studies and comprehensive environmental impact assessments on a proposed process flowsheet.
  • LO7. communicate complex technical information to a broad audience

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
Parts of the course have been removed to reduce the workload. Better guidelines on the requirements will be provided. The requirement for a printed report has been removed.


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