Last Updated S012022


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 / Dr. Harisinh Parmar / Dr. Shakil Ahmed
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: Multiple-choice Quiz (Invigilated)

Example: Topic 1-3.


Topic 3
15% 1, 2, 3

Assessment 2 

Type: Test (Invigilated) 

Example: Short/Long answers and Problems to solve


Topic 6
25% 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 3

Type: Practical (Report) and Presentation

Example: Simulations using software in Remote labs. e.g. Analyse the performance of a refrigeration system (COP) based on the refrigeration cycle, measured cooling effect and electrical power input.


Topic 9
20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 4

Type: Research (Report)

Example (for reference only): Process, control and instrumentation design of a wastewater treatment plant for 2 million litres/day of coal seam gas wastewater 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, 5th edition, Prentice Hall, UK, 2018

J. M. Smith and H.C. Van Ness, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics , Ninth Edition, Mc Graw-Hills, 2021

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 Mechanical Engineering Mass and Energy

  1. Conservation of mass and energy
  2. Entropy, Enthalpy and Exergy

Topic 3

Principles of Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics-I

  1. Thermodynamics properties of ideal and real gases
  2. Multicomponent mixtures
  3. Phase equilibrium in mixtures

Topic 4

Principles of Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics-II

  1. Equilibrium for reacting systems
  2. Analysis of power and refrigeration cycles.
  3. Thermodynamics calculations

Topic 5  

Flow Phenomena and momentum transfer-I

  1. Statics and hydraulic
  2. Types of Flow and fluid
  3. 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. Mass transfer operations – Distillation-Extraction-Absorption-adsorption-evaporation-leaching

Topic 8

Application of Industrial Processes-I (Hydrogen)

  1. Production of green, blue and grey hydrogen (Electrolysis and Steam Reforming)
  2. Application of hydrogen (EV, Chemical Industries, Power generation and storage, Liquefaction, and export)
  3. Transport of hydrogen through existing natural gas pipelines

Topic 9

Application of Industrial Processes-II (Long Term Energy Storage)

  1. Underground hydrogen storage process (pros and cons)
  2. Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) process (Broken Hill Project, NSW)
  3. Carbon capture utilization and storage process (CCUS)

Topic 10 

Application of Industrial Processes-III (Short Term Energy Storage)

  1. Different types of batteries and application in EV
  2. Li-ion battery manufacturing process
  3. Recycling of batteries for sustainable circular economy
  4. CO2 reduction towards net zero emissions

Topic 11

Application of Industrial Process-IV (NiSO4 Production)

  1. Fundamentals
  2. Plant layout fundamentals
  3. Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
  4. Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  5. Equipment used in process plants
  6. Mass and Energy balance

Topic 12

Modelling of Industrial Process (ANSYS CFX/FLUENT)

  1. Mixing of two Fluid
  2. Gas-Liquid Separation
  3. Multi-phase flow in a pipe
  4. Flow in a micro-channel (CCUS)



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: ANSYS CFX/FLUENT

  • Version: N/A

  • Instructions: Use Remote Lab to access this software.

  • Additional resources or files: N/A


  • Hardware: N/A