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CHNG9308: Engineering Macromolecules and Nanocomposites

Macromolecules and composite materials find a wide range of applications from construction, food to biomedical engineering. A significant number of engineers are employed by the related industries. This unit of study will facilitate engagement with a broad spectrum of modern engineering principles that range from the synthesis of such materials to design of products and processes for a range of industries with an innovative approach. The unit will also enable an understanding of developing sustainable technologies with the materials for producing goods used within industries or by consumers. The industrial applications will range from chemical, biomedical to electronics and nanotechnology. New and emerging technologies will be compared with established operating models. The unit will be delivered through workshops, seminars, class work and project-based learning.


Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code CHNG9308
Unit name Engineering Macromolecules and Nanocomposites
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

CHNG9203 AND CHNG9206. Knowledge of reaction engineering, fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Vincent Gomes,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Laboratory experimental data analysis
Submit assignment
15% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Assignment Tutorials/assignments
Problem solving.
25% Multiple weeks 2 hr tutorial work per week.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation Project Presentation
10% Week 12 10-15 mins.
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Project
Project based learning (PBL)
24% Week 12 6 weeks.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Small test Quiz
Problem solving and analysis.
26% Week 13 1-2 hr during session.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Tutorials/assignments: These will help students absorb the concepts and stay up to date with the pace of lectures. Assignment and tutorial sessions will elucidate the relevance of the basic concepts with respect to engineering applications.
  • Laboratory work/experiments: Laboratory participation and demonstration sessions will enable students grasp the practical aspects of the discipline and understand relevant applications of the subject matter through participating in experiments and analyzing data.
  • Project: Group work contribution, group report and oral presentations will help students conduct research, analyse data and gain skills in written report, oral communication and team-work.
  • Quiz: These interim and final session activities will help students gain deep understanding of subject matter, enable the overall assessment of the concepts covered in this UoS and the student’s ability to analyse and solve related problems.
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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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 Introduction to macromolecules & nanocomposites Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 02 Characterising macromolecules & nanocomposites Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO7
Week 03 Structural characterisation & morphology Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO7
Week 04 Thermal properties Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 05 Flow properties Block teaching (4 hr) LO1 LO8
Week 06 Rheology Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO8
Week 07 Processing methods Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Product engineering Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Reactions, synthesis, kinetics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 10 Reactors and reaction engineering Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 11 1. Mechanical properties; 2. Nanocomposites Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 1. Nanocomposites; 2. Sustainability Workshop (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Final week review Workshop (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance is compulsory for this unit of study due to the extensive Group Work, Tutorial, in-class Quiz and Project requirements. All learning activities and assessments will be during the class hours.

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.

-Vincent Gomes, Engineering Macromolecules & Nanocomposites. University of Sydney.
-Text in Library on Polymer Engineering and Nanotechnology.

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. independently research and be critical of the findings, and analyze experimental data and conduct appropriate computations
  • LO2. communicate clearly and concisely, and present written reports and oral presentations
  • LO3. demonstrate interpersonal, group and teamwork skills
  • LO4. demonstrate professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of your calculations and recommendations
  • LO5. appreciate the underlying principles of process and product engineering, apply these skills to new and novel situations, and carry out process and product design through critical thinking
  • LO6. critically analyse the methods of manufacture of different products and processes and to improve these processes; have developed an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle new engineering applications
  • LO7. appreciate that engineering fundamentals are based upon the principles and knowledge of science and mathematics
  • LO8. appreciate that the complex flow behaviour of complex materials and their processability is based upon the principles and knowledge of engineering science and mathematics.

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 student feedback for 2019 was highly positive. In 2020, the unit will include more hands-on, in-class active learning sessions.

More information related to this unit will be provided in class.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this unit.

Site visit guidelines

Will be advised as and when relevant.

Work, health and safety

General University guidelines on Work, health and safety requirements must be followed. Specific WHS requirements will be advised for each hands-on and laboratory sessions as and when required.


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