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Unit Overview


This unit serves as an introduction to chemical engineering. The unit covers basic engineering economics, optimisation and scale up principles and lifecycle cost analysis. Process design, safety, process flow diagrams (PFD), piping and instrumentation diagrams (PID), equipment sketches, basic design calculations and plant isometrics are discussed through the lens of different common chemical engineering processes such as polymerisation, minerals processing, oil refining, waste treatment etc. The unit also covers further development of process simulation covering implementation of reactions and recycle in HYSYS. Pump systems, valves and process measurement are also introduced in this unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Chemical Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) write concise technical reports; (2) interpret Process Flow Diagrams and other chemical engineering design documents; (3) explain different approaches available for chemical process synthesis and design, and their safety and economic constraints; (4) conduct preliminary cost estimations and flow-sheeting of a chemical process; (5) develop strategies for dealing with open-ended chemical engineering problems; and (6) conduct high level safety audits of chemical processes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) presentation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brendan Graham and Dr Einar Fridjonsson
Unit rules
CHPR1005 Mass and Energy Balances
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances
Advisable prior study
CHEM1001 Chemistry – Properties and Energetics
and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Contact hours
Workshops: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.