Last Updated S022020


Unit Code MME505
Unit Duration 1 Term (online) or 1 Semester (on-campus)

Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
Duration: 1 year

Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Duration: 2 years   

Year Level 1st
Unit Creator / Reviewer Dr. Srinivas Shastri
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites None
Credit Points


Grad Dip total course credit points = 24
(3 credits x 8 (units))

Masters total course credit points = 48
(12 credits (Thesis) + 3 credits x 12 (units))

Mode of Delivery Online or on-campus. 
Unit Workload

10 hours per week:

Lecture - 1 hour

Tutorial Lecture - 1 hours

Practical / Lab - 1 hour (where applicable)

Personal Study recommended - 7 hours (guided and unguided)

Unit Description and General Aims

This core subject provides the students sufficient depth of understanding of processing engineering in the context of industrial automation and mechanical engineering. The principles of unit operations, unit processes, fluid transport, and control provide the student with an understanding of how to apply these principles to control and instrumentation systems. Students will be able to perform complex process calculations to enable them to apply control principles in later subjects. Cases studies and / or mini projects form an integral part of this subject and provide a practical understanding to the subject matter.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Have a deep understanding of unit operations, unit processes and transport principles in the context of industrial automation.
    • Bloom’s Level 5
  2. Acquire knowledge and become aware of recent advances in instrumentation, measurement and control underpinning plant operations.
    • Bloom’s Level 5
  3. Acquire an awareness of latest engineering materials and technologies to support process operations.
    • Bloom’s Level 5
  4. Understand the methodology of heat and mass balances (and utility balances) and be able to apply principles to generate heat and mass balances for process operations.
    • Bloom’s Level 5
  5. Synthesize and analyze property data, process information and requirements to create complex process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams.
    • Bloom’s Level 6
  6. Synthesize and analyze property data, process information and requirements to perform complex process calculations.
    • Bloom’s Level 6

Student assessment

Assessment Type (e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format)) When assessed (e.g. Week 5) Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation

Example Topic: Process Integration & Measurement, Chemical engineering Thermodynamics.


Topic 4
15% 1, 2, 3

Assessment 2 - mid-semester test

Type: Mid-semester test (Proctored) / Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation

Example: Short/Long answers and Problems to solve

Example Topic: Modelling a typical ammonia process or all the topics up to topic 9.


Topic 9
25% 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 3

Type: Practical assessments, Remote labs, Simulation software or Case studies.

Example: Analyse the performance of a refrigeration system (COP) based on the refrigeration cycle, measured cooling effect and electrical power input.


Topic 11
20% 1,2,3,4, 5,6

Assessment 4

Type: Report (Final Project)

Word length: 5000 (excluding makers’ diagrams and layout drawings.)

Process, control and instrumentation design of a waste water treatment plant for 2 million liters/day of coal seam gas waste water using membrane filtration, ion exchange and reverse osmoses technology showing all calculations, pre-treatment and pump systems and pressures, energy recovery, detailed flow and  balances and a concept level cost estimate.


Topic 12
35% 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

Continuous 5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Prescribed and Recommended readings

Required Textbook

C. J. Geankoplis, Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles, 4th edition, Prentice Hall, UK, 2003

J. M. Smith and H.C. Van Ness, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics , Seventh Edition, Mc Graw-Hills

Reference Materials

Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.

  • N. P. Chopey, Handbook of Chemical Engineering Calculations, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill, 2004
  • R. K. Sinott, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering volume 6 – Design, Pergamon Press, 1995
  • Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, 8th edition, McGraw Hill
  • Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures) [some examples below]
    a. Chemical Engineering Journal
    b. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
    c. Oil and Gas Journal
    d. Chemical Engineering
    e. EIT notes

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.


Topic 1

Introduction to Process Engineering

  1. Definition of a process, process modelling and design
  2. Process operations commonly encountered
  3. Concept of process integration
  4. Walk-through typical processes
  5. Process measurement and control – instrumentation, measurement, control and material of construction.

Topic 2

Principles of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-I

  1. The laws of Thermodynamics
  2. Thermodynamics processes

Topic 3

Principles of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-II

  1. Carnot Efficiency
  2. Common Cycles (e.g. Rankine, Brayton)

Topic 4

Principles of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-III

  1. Equations of state – Major, Cubic and Non Cubic
  2. Thermodynamics calculations

Topic 5

Flow Phenomena and momentum transfer-I

  1. Statics and hydraulics
  2. Flow through a pipe

Topic 6

Flow Phenomena and momentum transfer-II

  1. Laminar and turbulent flow. Flow around objects.
  2. Flow through Packed Beds and Fluidized Beds
  3. Particle flow
  4. Multiphase flow
  5. Momentum transfer
  6. Flow equipment and measurement

Topic 7 

Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer-I

  1. Concepts of heat and mass transfer
  2. Mass transfer coefficients
  3. Steady state conduction through simple and composite flat walls
  4. Convective heat transfer, finned walls
  5. Heat and mass transfer equipment’s

Topic 8

Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer-II

  1. Heat and mass transfer equipment’s (Contd.)
  2. Stoichiometry and chemical process calculations
  3. Design Concepts
  4. Application to instrumentation and control

Topic 9

Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer-III

  1. Design Concepts
  2. Application to instrumentation and control

Topic 10 

Chemical kinetics-I

  1. Introduction to chemical reaction engineering
  2. Rates and kinetics
  3. Catalysis

Topic 11

Chemical kinetics-II

  1. Fundamentals of reactor design - Batch and continuous processes, mixed processes, Plug flow, mean residence time, Residence time distribution.
  2. Typical reaction process (e.g. steam reforming of natural gas)

Topic 12

Plant layout

Overview of plant layout, emphasising the process engineering aspects.

  1. Considerations in laying out a process plant
  2. Preservation of process intent, controllability
  3. Safety



Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements Competency
1. Knowledge and Skill Base
1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2. Engineering Application Ability
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3. Professional and Personal Attributes
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.
3.5 Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

 Software/Hardware Used


  • Software: UniSim Design by Honeywell

  • Version: R460.1 build 21106

  • Instructions: Use remote Lab to access this software.

  • Additional resources or files: N/A


  • Hardware: N/A