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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)S Bhattacharya (Clayton); S P Chai (Sunway)


This unit aims to develop a fundamental understanding of chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, including:

  1. fundamentals of design of ideal reactors
  2. rate laws, collection and analysis of rate data, stoichiometry
  3. isothermal reactor design
  4. multiple reactions, reaction mechanisms and pathways
  5. an introduction to bio-reaction engineering
  6. non-isothermal reactor design
  7. catalysis and catalytic reactors.


The student is expected to:

  1. understand the importance of chemical kinetics and reactor design in chemical industry
  2. understand the fundamentals of chemical kinetics for complicated reactions
  3. understand the fundamentals of kinetics of catalytic reactions, including some biochemical reactions
  4. understand the fundamentals of reactor design
  5. apply advanced mathematics to complicated problems of reactor design
  6. analyse the behaviour of complicated reactors
  7. apply the fundamental principles of reaction engineering to a wide range of problems, eg in traditional petrochemical and chemical industry, in pharmaceutical industry, in energy industry, in environmental protection
  8. appreciate the roles of chemical engineers in society
  9. be confident in identifying new reaction engineering problems and formulating original solutions.


Assignments/Tests: 20%
Laboratory: 10%
Examination: 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Webley

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours practice sessions/laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week


CHE2163, CHE2164


CHE3101, CHE4102