CHEM ENG 1007 - Introduction to Process Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

The discipline of chemical engineering developed from society's need for products and energy. Chemical Engineers design, operate and optimise processes that convert raw materials into products and/or energy, which is often referred to as Process Engineering. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to mass and energy balances that are central to process engineering and underpin basic principles for calculation, design, control, safety, optimisation , intensification, implementation and sustainability of industrial processes and equipment. More than ever chemical engineers need to continue to meet the needs of society and use their process engineering knowledge, which is built from the combination of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and economics, and their problem-solving skills, to address global issues related to a growing population, limited resources and climate change. The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, tutorials, practicals and a site visit, self-directed learning and small group discovery. Once you have completed the course, you will be aware of the significant contribution process engineering makes to society and be able to understand and analyse simple processes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 1007
    Course Introduction to Process Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematics, SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
    Assessment Quizzes, practicals, test, assignments, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor David Lewis

    Coordinator and Lecturer: Prof David Lewis
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Office: N119 (Engineering North Building, Level 1)
    Phone:8313 5503
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Recognise and use concepts, conventions and calculations important in process engineering;
    2 Draw and interpret pictures and diagrams depicting processes;
    3 Define and describe important processing engineering unit operations and equipment;
    4 Identify and work with units and dimensions - including units' conversion between SI and the American Enginering units' systems;
    5 Solve problems in a systematic and professional manner using conventional notation and terminology, including making assumptions when necessary and the importance of significant figures.
    6 Explain and apply the fundamental principles of materials and energy balances;
    7 State the importance of fluid flow behaviour (such as viscosity, Reynods Number & velocity profile) in process engineering systems and learn application of the mechanical energy balance for pipe design and pump selection;
    8 Understand the basic principles of Chemical Engineering in preparation for undertaking the core chemical engineering fundamental topics including:
    1. Fluid Mechanics
    2. Heat and Mass Transfer
    3. Reaction Engineering
    4. Process Control & Instrumentation
    5. Materials
    6. Economics
    7. Process Design

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3-4, 6-8
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    • Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering; 8th ed. Himmelblau, D.M. & Riggs, James B.
      Barr Smith Library, Main Collection; 660.2 H658.7 (7th ed.)
    Reference Books

    • R.M. Felder, R.W Rousseau, & L.G. Bullard, “Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes”, 4th Edition, Wiley (2015).
    • G.V. Reklaitis, “Introduction to Material and Energy Balances”, Wiley (1983).
    • R.M Murphy, “Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis, Synthesis”, McGraw-Hill (2007).
    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a number of different learning and teaching approaches including:
    • Lectures.
    • Workshops
    • Weekly problem-solving tutorials.
    • Practical demonstrations.
    • Online quizzes.
    • Term 1 test.
    • Term 2 test.
    • Final examination.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours Expected total student workload
    Lectures/Workshops 24 60 84
    Tutorials/Practicals 24 30 54
    Online quizzes 0 12 12
    In-class tests 2 10 12
    Revision 2 0 2
    TOTAL 48 112 160

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: What is Chemical Engineering

    Week 2: Introductory Concepts

    Week 3: Material Balances

    Week 4: Material Balances

    Week 5: Material Balances

    Week 6: Material Balances & Test

    Mid-semester break

    Week 7: Gases, Vapours and Liquids

    Week 8: Gases, Vapours and Liquids

    Week 9: Energy

    Week 10: Energy

    Week 11: Energy

    Week 12: Energy & Test

    Week 13: Optional teaching week

    SWOT week

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Three quizzes (5%):
    Accessed via MyUni, and aligned with the corresponding weekly course material

    Weekly tutorials (20%):
    Accessed via MyUni, group work (groups of 4) and aligned with the corresponding weekly course material

    Laboratory assignment (10%):
    Details to be announced

    Week 6 test (10%):
    Accessed via MyUni

    Week 12 test (10%):
    Accessed via MyUni

    Final Exam (45%):

    Assessment Detail

    Details of individual assessment tasks will be provided during the semester.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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