CHE3161 - Chemistry and chemical thermodynamics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Dr Wenlong Cheng (Clayton)
Assoc Professor Wu Ta Yeong (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




This unit covers thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. Content will cover basic concepts and the use of: thermodynamic functions such as free energy, enthalpy, and entropy; estimation of properties of pure compounds and mixtures; description of solution thermodynamics and its applications, equilibrium phase diagrams and chemical reaction equilibria.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Apply mass, energy and entropy balances to flow processes.
  2. Determine the properties of ideal and real mixtures based on thermodynamic principles.
  3. Assess changes in the properties of gases, fluids and solids undergoing changes in temperature and volume.
  4. Interpret the underlying principles of phase equilibrium in binary and multi-component systems.
  5. Analyse the extent to which chemical reactions proceed, and determine the composition attained at equilibrium.


Tests/Laboratory: 40% and Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (tests and 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

3 hours lectures and 2 hours tutorials per week, plus one 4 hour laboratory during the semester. Approximately 7 hours of private study per week.

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