CHEM ENG 4056 - Process Design IV

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course involves a small group of students working as a team to design a nominated chemical or bioprocessing manufacturing plant. The tasks include the study of the available processes (or the development of innovative systems), process and utility selection, calculation of material and energy balances, preparation of flow sheets and drawings of the plant layout, and simple economic analysis. A thorough synthesis of the literature is included and involves communication of the pre-feasibility study and front end design in a design report and oral presentation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4056
    Course Process Design IV
    Coordinating Unit Chemical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Minimum of 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites CHEM ENG 2010, CHEM ENG 2014, CHEM ENG 2018, CHEM ENG 3030, CHEM ENG 3033, CHEM ENG 3034
    Corequisites CHEM ENG 4034
    Assumed Knowledge Successful completion of CHEM ENG 2014, CHEM ENG 2011, CHEM ENG 3033, CHEM ENG 3034, CHEM ENG 3035
    Assessment Reports, oral presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Diana Tran

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate understanding of research ethics, and health & safety in the research
    2 Understand the scientific method and its' rational;
    3 Form well-posed research questions and hypothesis;
    4 Identify efficiently and effectively the literature relevant to a research question;
    5 Design a plausible approach to addressing a research question;
    6 Develop a suitable plan to address a research question;
    7 Prepare a sound and engaging research proposal;
    8 Prepare an effective poster reporting a literature review; and
    9 Maintain appropriate research records.
    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Not Applicable
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Bock P 2001, Getting It Right, Academic Press.

    Booth WC, Colomb GG, Williams JM 2008, The Craft of Research, 3rd edition, The University of Chicago Press.

    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 teaching and learning approaches including lectures, workshops, and one-on-one or small group tutoring by academic & industry staff.


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

    Activity Contact Hours Non-contact Hours*
    Workshops sessions <10
    1-on-1/Small Group Mentoring <12 12
    Technology/literature search & calculations* <80
    Report writing 30
    Oral preparation 5
    TOTAL 22 127
    * Variable; can be more or less depending on stage of project, availability of data and subject to group/individual performances.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Refer to Assessment Tasks

  • 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 date(s)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Reporting (3x) 85a Group/Individual Summative 5/04; 26/04; 31/05 To be confirmed 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7
    Oral Presentation 10a Group/individual Summative June 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7
    Compliances 5 Individual Formative throughout the semester 5. 6. 7
    Total 100
    * Subject to minor changes.
    a Total individual weighting for the assessment tasks in the course is 60%.

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. i: An exemption from the stated requirement that group assessment activities total no more than 50% has been granted.

    Assessment Detail
    The assessment will contain:

    Two group reports
    (containing individual and group components) will be submitted to the project academic supervisor and assessors for review. It will contain a comprehesive, in-depth literature review and technology analysis of the design processing plant. A complete mass balance (and heat/energy balance - subject to availability of data/detail), block, process and utlity flow diagrams, and initial economic evaluation of the front end engineering design (FEED) of the plant will be required. Engagement with a professional industry mentor throughout the project will be required to ensure the practical and realistic design of the plant.
    The pre-feasibility study of the FEED of the plant will be presented at the semester in the form of a group oral presentation to your peers, academic supervisor, industry mentor and other stakeholders.

    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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