Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Prof Bradley Ladewig (Clayton); Dr Estee Yong Siek Ting (Sunway)


A systematic approach to solving a wide variety of engineering problems involving the use of mass and energy balances. Simple models for the sizing of equipment involved in chemical reaction, heat transfer and fluid flow operations. Application of these principles to selected engineering processes such as power generation, beer brewing and refrigeration.


The student is expected to: Knowledge and Understanding

  1. appreciate the importance of mass and energy balance, heat transfer and fluid flow in engineering especially the process industry;
  2. understand the various terms in the General Balance Equation when applied to total mass, component mass and total energy
  3. appreciate the importance of the dimensional homogeneity of equations
  4. understand the usefulness of analogies Skills
  5. apply mass and energy balances to engineering situations which include steady flow processes with and without reaction
  6. solve complex problems using the computer simulation package - HYSYS.
  7. work in a team;
  8. apply knowledge to practical problems;
  9. communicate concisely and accurately in writing;
  10. plan and conduct experiments. Attitudes
  11. use the following procedures: check dimensional consistency of any expression used check the order of magnitude of any calculated result check the validity of major assumptions once calculations are completed
  12. recognise applications in the student's area of interest
  13. have the confidence to approach complex problems using the tools and techniques developed.


Inidividual test and group project works: 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Professor Karen Hapgood

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 4 hours problem solving sessions and 6 hours of private study per week


VCE Mathematical methods 3/4 (or equivalent) recommended.