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CHNG9406: Chemical Engineering Design B

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

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 UoS 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 UoS (Chemical Engineering Design A and B) run in first and second semester. The primary aim in the first UoS 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 UoS is on evaluating how non-technical considerations affect the final process design and its operation. In addition to the above fundamentals, there will be considerable time spent during the semester on advanced topics related to designing chemical processes and associated technological developments.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
CHNG9402 OR CHNG5112
Assumed knowledge

Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 9xxx chemical engineering UoS have been successfully completed.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Gordon Weiss,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Part A1:Report and drawing templates
Report, Excel workbook
2% Week 01
Due date: 13 Aug 2021 at 23:59
5 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7
Assignment group assignment Part B1: Selection of the process
Presentation and associated briefing notes
12% Week 02
Due date: 20 Aug 2021 at 23:59
10 min presentation, 20 pages of notes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8
Assignment group assignment Part B2: Process design
Report, Excel workbooks, drawings
18% Week 05
Due date: 08 Sep 2021 at 23:59
20 page report, 10 drawings
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Part C1: Specification of individual design problem
3% Week 05
Due date: 10 Sep 2021 at 23:59
5 page report
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO7
Assignment Part C2: Individual design specification and calculations
Report, Excel workbook, drawings
21% Week 09
Due date: 13 Oct 2021 at 23:59
25 page report
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Assignment Part C3: Individual design report
Report, Excel workbooks, drawings
24% Week 11
Due date: 27 Oct 2021 at 23:59
50 page report
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Part D: Review and optimisation. Part A2: Executive summary
Report plus drawings
18% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021 at 23:59
30 page report
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Part E: Project management principles report
2% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021 at 23:59
5 page report
Outcomes assessed: LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Part A: The Executive Summary    
  • Part B: The overall process design
  • Part C: Detailed equipment design - Individual members of the team will nominate individual items of equipment for more detailed investigation and design.
  • Part D: The review of the design including the HAZOP and optimisation.
  • Part E: Project management principles.

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.

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

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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
Week 01 Monday: Schedule, assessment, outline of all reports, presenting material in reports. Thursday: The design process, working in groups, project management Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 02 How to get computer models to work Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Understanding utilities, capital costing, reminder about PFDs Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO8
Week 05 Design of key unit operations Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO5 LO7
Week 08 Design of control systems for unit operations, Preparing P&IDs and mechanical drawings Lecture (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Week 11 Optimisation Lecture (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

At the time each report is handed in, it must be accompanied by showing how much each team member has contributed to each of the elements of that section of the report.

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

  • Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on 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. 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
  • LO8. explain the principles of project management

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

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