Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Warren Batchelor (Clayton); Dr Babak Salamatinia (Malaysia)


Application of the concepts of chemical engineering with the principles of sustainability to the major manufacturing process technologies. Sustainable engineering consists of simultaneously optimising the environmental, social and economical impacts of a process. Process technologies include the pharmaceutical, energy, petro-chemistry, minerals, food and pulp and paper industries. After an overview of the process technologies, elements of reaction engineering, chemistry, mass and heat transfer are applied using the sustainability principles. For each of the three case studies, a conceptual map of the process industry is presented in preparation for plant visits and the design project.


Develop an understanding of the principles of sustainability and an ability to apply them to the major manufacturing process industries in order to optimise the environmental, social and economical impacts of a process. Develop the ability to analyse an industrial process against sustainability criteria and to identify the critical unit operation or process that maximises sustainability. Improve teamwork and communication skills.


Projects/Presentations: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%
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.

Workload requirements

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

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