CHEM ENG 3030 - Process Design III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

The course covers modern strategies for the synthesis and design of chemical / pharmaceutical processes with an emphasis on a systematic approach. The topics covered in this course are introduction to process design, process synthesis, process simulation and preliminary plant design. Students are required to complete a process design for a project using the concepts and tools covered by the lectures in groups. This practice aims to develop and improve transferable skills in problem-solving, team-working, independent learning and cooperative learning, project management, time management and technical documentation. This course is designed to challenge chemical and pharmaceutical engineering students to combine fundamental knowledge from other courses. Principles and tools for process design will be applied with practical elements of safety, environmental and sociological issues to design an integrated chemical/ pharmaceutical process.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3030
    Course Process Design III
    Coordinating Unit Chemical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CHEM ENG 2010
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 3014
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 2011, 2014, 2018, 3034, 3035
    Assessment Design project, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Steven Amos

    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 Synthesize a process for manufacturing a desired product or parallel products;
    2 Develop a variety of processing alternatives for manufacturing a desired product;
    3 Perform process simulation using a software package;
    4 Utilize different techniques for complex process simulation;
    5 Complete collaboratively a preliminary process design within a given time frame;
    6 Develop team-building skills, including leadership skills & evaluation of group performance & dynamics;
    7 Develop oral and written communication skills;
    8 Demonstrate awareness of ethical and contemporary issues related to the design and operation of chemical / pharmaceutical process; and
    9 Take regulatory requirements into consideration for the process design.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    C C B C B C C C C A C A C B C
    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.

    1, 2, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Seider,  WD, Seader JD & Lewin, DR 2009, Product and Process Design Principles Synthesis, Analysis
    and Evaluation, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

    Biegler, LT, Grossmann EL & Westerberg, AW 1997, Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design, Prentice Hall

    Douglas, JM 1998, Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes, McGraw-Hill

    Ray, MS & Johns DW 1989, Chemical Engineering Design Project A Case Study Approach, Gordon and Breach

    Peters, MS & Timmerhaus, KD 2002 Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers,  McGraw-Hill

    Baasel, WD 1990, Preliminary Chemical Engineering Plant Design, 2rd edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

    Turton; Bailie; Whiting; Shaelwitz Analysis, Synthesis and Design of Chemical Processes; Prentice-Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1998.

    Silla, H 2003, Chemical process engineering: design and economics, ebook available from the Barr Smith Library.

    Kayode, A 2003 Ludwig’s applied process design for chemical and petrochemical plants, ebook available from the Barr Smith Library.

  • 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 16 32
    Tutorials 10 20
    Computer Labs 8 16
    Design Project 10 50
    TOTAL 44 118
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to Process Design

    Topic 2: Preliminary Process Synthesis

    Topic 3: Process Simulation

    Topic 4: Design Project

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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)*
    Learning outcomes
    Tutorial assignments 15 Individual / Group Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    PFD exam 5 Individual Summative Week 4 1. 2.
    Design Project (group of max 6 members) 40 Group Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Final exam 40 Individual Formative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i    1. a. iii   
    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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