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Unit Overview


CHPR5550 is a capstone experience in the Chemical Engineering major in the BE(Hons) and should be taken in your last year of study. Working in a team, typically with four to six members, you will be required to integrate and apply knowledge and skills acquired in earlier units to a substantial real-world design challenge in chemical engineering. Teams are supervised by an academic and/or industry mentor. Teams are responsible for managing their project as well as reporting against milestones and preparing the necessary design documentation. The academic objectives of the project are to lead students through a systematic engineering design and synthesis process and to better prepare them for professional practice as engineers. The focus of the unit is on teamwork skills and the design process.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply a comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies to a complex, real world chemical engineering design project; (2) work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, including quantifying the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, presenting strategies to mitigate deficiencies; (3) generate an innovative design for processes, systems and products to fulfil new needs; (4) evaluate the proposed chemical process for environmental impact, safety, and life cycle analysis; (5) evaluate the process economics, and financial and other risks associated with the project; and (6) work effectively as individuals and in diverse groups to produce effective key process design documentation and activities.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group reports (including peer assessment) ; (2) individual reports ; and (3) group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the individual reports component.

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
CHPR3019 Unit Operations
and CHPR3018 Process Synthesis and Design 2 (ID 8027)
and GENG3000 Engineering Practice 3
and CHPR3406 Reaction Engineering
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree

or CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
and Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering ( Chemical Engineering specialisation
CHPR5551 Chemical Engineering Design Project 1 (ID 4698)
and CHPR5552 Chemical Engineering Design Project 2 (ID 4699)
Advisable prior study
(ENSC3019 Unit Operations
and Unit Processes
or CHPR3019 Unit Operations) and (ENSC3018 Process Synthesis and Design
or CHPR3018 Process Synthesis and Design 2)
Contact hours
Workshops: 3 hours per week
Laboratories: 6 hours per semester
  • 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.