Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Honours

General

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Program Description

The chemical engineering discipline is principally concerned with the application of knowledge of how materials and chemicals interact or can be converted in some way to a more useful form, as part of a processing, production or refining process.

Chemical engineers work in a wide range of domains from mineral processing, mining, and oil and gas through to industries associated with clothing, food, packaging, fertilisers, pharmaceuticals and many other manufacturing and biological processes.

The programme focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice and along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem solving, teamwork and project development. As a result, graduates will gain strong analytical skills and have the ability to lead complex projects as well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies.

The course provides a sound basis in mechanics, mathematics, and the principles of engineering design in the first two years of study, along with core areas of engineering science including chemistry and materials science, fluid mechanics, process systems and thermodynamics. In the final two years of study, a range of more specialist chemical engineering topics is covered including process design, operations and control, to prepare students to enter their chosen profession with relevant knowledge and skills.

The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

Applicants from South West WA will be able to study only the first year (up to eight foundation units) of this degree at ECU's Bunbury Campus, which may include attending a short set of lab sessions at Joondalup Campus by the end of each semester. After completing these eight units, Bunbury students will need to attend ECU's Joondalup Campus to complete the rest of their course. This option is only available for domestic students living in the South West region of WA.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 4)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents, considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents, considered, and Chemistry ATAR, with equivalents, considered.

It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
  • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 31 core units, 1 Elective unit and a Practicum unit.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154 Introduction to Engineering 15
ENS1115 Materials and Manufacturing 1 15
ENM1102 Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design 15
MAT1250 Mathematics 1 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics 15
ENS1180 Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering 15
ENS1253 Electrical Engineering 1B 15
MAT1251 Mathematics 2 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC1111 General Chemistry 15
ENS5170 Engineering Systems 15
ENM3218 Fluid Mechanics 15
ENS2115 Process Engineering Fundamentals 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC1201 Chemistry: Structure and Reactions 15
ENS2160 Thermodynamics 15
ENS2116 Process Systems Analysis 15
ENS3553 Signals and Systems 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC2211 Organic Chemistry 15
ENS2159 Engineering Innovation and Ethics 15
ENS5556 Heat and Mass Transfer 15
ENS5253 Control Systems 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3111 Chemical Thermodynamics 15
ENS3113 Reaction Engineering 15
ENS5240 Industrial Control 15
Elective Unit   15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111 Engineering Practicum  
ENS5161 Environmental and Process Risk Management 15
ENS5561 Minerals and Solids Processing 15
ENS3115 Unit Operations and Process Design Fundamentals 15
ENS4152 ^ Project Development 15
Or
ENS5145 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 1 15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5543 Engineering Management 15
ENS5270 Engineering Process Design 15
ENS5209 Process Control 15
ENS4253 ^ Engineering Project 15
Or
ENS5146 ^ Engineering Honours Thesis 2 15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

Recommended Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENM2104 Instrumentation and Measurement 15
ENS2170 Principles of Industrial Maintenance 15
ENS2102 Hydrostatics 15
ENS2257 Microprocessor Systems 15
ENS3554 Data Communications and Computer Networks 15
ENS3105 Mechanical Design and Development 15
ENS5261 Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Systems 15
MAT3486 Multivariate Calculus 15
SCC2301 Forensic and Analytical Chemistry 15
CSP2151 Programming Fundamentals 15

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the chemical engineering discipline.
  • Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the chemical engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  • Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex chemical engineering problem-solving.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Engineers Australia.

Career Opportunities

Chemical engineers work in a wide range of domains from mineral processing, mining, and oil and gas, through to industries associated with clothing, food, packaging, fertilisers, pharmaceuticals and many other manufacturing and biological processes. In Western Australia, many chemical engineers find career opportunities in the extensive mining, mineral processing, and oil and gas industries that dominate the industrial profile of the state. Chemical engineers play a central role in both the production, refining and downstream processing in these important resource-based industries.

Possible future job titles

Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Plant Engineer, Petrochemical Engineer.

Last updated Oct 2020

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