Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Professor Wei Shen/Dr Adel Fickak (Clayton)Dr Edward Ooi Chien Wei (Malaysia)


Application of biology, colloid, polymer and surface science to biotechnology, nanotechnology, and sustainable engineering. Colloid stability/coagulation, polymer physics, polymers in colloidal systems and interfacial science. Elements of interfacial engineering and nanomaterials including micelle bilayers, liquid crystals, vesicles, bicontinuous structures. Cell biology and DNA including the introduction of the cell, the parts of the cell, cellular composition and the different types of cells used in biotechnology. The cell as a factory. DNA and the central theme of DNA processes and applications. Examples of bio-nano engineering in food science.


Develop the ability to apply the basic concepts of biology, colloid, surface and polymer science to applications in biotechnology, nanotechnology and sustainable processes. Develop teamwork and communications skills. Develop the skills to undertake a literature search and prepare a literature review.


Mid-semester test: 10%
Individual and team projects: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
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 and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours practice sessions/laboratory sessions and 7 hours of private study per week


VCE Chemistry (or ENG1070 or CHM1011 or CHM1051 or equivalent)