CHEM ENG 3024 - Professional Practice III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

The professional practice of chemical engineering, and related disciplines, relies on a broad range of discipline-specific and transferable professional skills. In this course, key aspects of the professional practice of chemical engineering are studied. These aspects include the fundamental elements of process economics, process safety, sustainability, and the provision of utilities in chemical plants. Issues related to ethics and the responsibilities of professional engineers, project management, risk analysis and decision-making will also be addressed as part of this course. Students will undertake workshops, lectures, projects and case studies. This course follows on from Professional Practice I & II, however the course contents are not directly linked and so students who have not studied these subjects may comfortably attempt this course. The knowledge and skills developed in this course will be applied by students in the final year courses: Plant Design Project and Professional Practice IV.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3024
    Course Professional Practice III
    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
    Assessment continuous assessment, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jason Connor

    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 Demonstrate a basic knowledge of organisations, finance and accounting as relevant to chemical engineers;
    2 Apply a range of techniques to estimate the capital and operating costs for simple chemical processes;
    3 Make investment decisions and recommendations based on a range of profitability metrics and to decide which metrics are appropriate;
    4 Demonstrate a working understanding of other basic financial, accounting and business concepts as they apply to chemical engineering projects;
    5 Define sustainability and cite examples of how this concept may be applied to issues of modern society; explain the role of engineers in ensuring that sustainability is at the forefront of process design;
    6 Apply sustainability concepts to process design and investment decisions;
    7 Perform a simple life cycle assessment (LCA) and to interpret the results of the LCA;
    8 Complete hazard analysis (HAZAN) and hazard operability (HAZOP) studies for simple processes;
    9 Explain key aspects in the provision of basic utilities to chemical plants, including: electrical power supply and distribution; motors, drives and transformers; steam supply and distribution; compressed air and cooling water; and
    10 Analyse a simple chemical engineering process and make recommendations on the basis of profitability, sustainability and safety considerations.

    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   1.4   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.1   3.2   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 28 28
    Embedded tutorials 10 25
    Project work 6 35
    Final Examination 2
    Exam Preparation 16
    TOTAL 44 106
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to the Course

    Introduction; Financial decision-making versus triple-bottom line accounting

    Topic 2: Process Economics

    Introduction to organisations, finance and accounting; Cost concepts; Financial maths; Capex
    & Opex estimation; Operating cost decisions; Investment evaluation
    techniques; Investment decisions; Budgets and other issues

    Topic 3: Sustainability

    Introduction; The role of the engineer in creating sustainable solutions; Life Cycle Assessment; Whole System Design; “Cradle to Cradle” design

    Topic 4: Process Safety

    Process and Instrumentation Drawings (P&ID); Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP); Hazard Analysis (HAZAN); Pressure Relief & Protective Systems

    Topic 5: Utilities and Electrical Power Systems

    Electrical power supply and equipment; Steam, compressed air & cooling water; Steam raising and power generation

  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Tutorials and assignments 30 Group Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3.
    Final examination 70 Individual Summative Week 5 1. 2. 3.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Detail

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    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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