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CHNG5205: Major Industrial Placement Project

The purpose of this proposal is to introduce a new subject into the Master of Professional Engineering with specialisation in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The new subject is designed to equip students with practical experience in the area of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Industrial project placement will clearly cover and widen the practical nature of curriculum base studies. This unit of study will give students a rich experience for undertaking a major project in an industrial environment and developing skills in the preparation and presentation of technical reports. The project is performed under industry supervision supported by School staff and extends over one semester. The students will be engaged full time on the project at the industrial site. Students will be placed with industries, such as mining, oil and gas processing, plastic and paint manufacturing, food production, wastewater and water treatment. The students will learn essential engineering skills, such as how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, project management, and analysis of results and assess these with theory and existing knowledge.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG5205
Unit name Major Industrial Placement Project
Session, year
Semester 1, 2022
Attendance mode Supervision
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 24

Enrolment rules

CHNG5020 OR CHNG5021 OR ENGG5217 OR CHNG9402 OR CHNG5112
Passed at least 48 credit points in Master of professional engineering with adequate foundation knowledge in discipline. Students wishing to do this unit of study should contact the Head of School prior to enrolment
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Timothy Langrish,
Administrative staff Please contact administrative staff in the General Office for administrative inquiries and support, specifically Victoria Hope and Agnes Constanti for 2021.
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Poster presentation
Prepare & present poster on research project to staff, student, industry
8% Progressive
Due date: 23 Sep 2022 at 09:00
3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Presentation Presentation 2, Final, results and discussion
Oral presentation of entire project, particularly results and discussion
4% Progressive
Due date: 10 Jun 2022 at 09:00
15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Presentation Presentation 1, Initial, literature review and research plan
Oral presentation, with slides, of literature review and research plan
4% Progressive
Due date: 11 Mar 2022 at 09:00
10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Case studies
Reports on Project Management, Professional Engineering, Risk Management
16% Progressive
Due date: 25 Jul 2022 at 17:00
10-30 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Honours thesis Thesis
Written report on research project in industry
68% Progressive
Due date: 25 Jul 2022 at 17:00
60-70 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10

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

Outstanding work of a publishable quality as presented


75 - 84

Excellent work, could be published with significant editing


65 - 74

Solid work, addresses major issues


50 - 64

Satisfactory work with some gaps


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

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:

10% per day for late thesis and case studies

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

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
The assessments have been reconsidered, and no major changes have been made.

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 on the placement should be covered by the student.

Site visit guidelines

Must adhere to all WHS requirements (as above).

Work, health and safety

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


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