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)Dr Brad Ladewig (Clayton); Dr Chai Siang Piao (Malaysia)


A comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of separation processes of interest to the chemical industry is covered. The fundamental principles of mass transfer are introduced and extended to include principles of interfacial mass transfer and simultaneous heat and mass transfer. General mass and energy balances are derived for equilibrium staged processes. The applications of these principles are made to the unit operations of distillation (binary and multi-component), liquid-liquid extraction, gas-liquid absorption and stripping, adsorption and ion-exchange, and membrane separation processes.


  1. Understand the analysis of general equilibrium stage processes (co- and counter current)
  2. Understand the principles underlying the operation of a range of separation processes
  3. Analyse the operation and performance of a range of separation processes and unit operations
  4. Develop skills in solving engineering problems related to design and operation of separation processes and unit operations
  5. Develop experimental skills in operating and analysing the performance of separation unit operations
  6. Synthesise strategies for solving complex, open-ended separation process problems.


Assignments/tests/laboratory: 40%
Examination: 60%
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

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice sessions and 6 hours of private study per week, plus one 4-hour lab during the semester