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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons))

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Title Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons))
Course Code H1264
Study Level Bachelor's Honours (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Aleks Nikoloski | Email: A.Nikoloski@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2835

Qualification Bachelor of Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Description Extractive Metallurgists are expected to understand the fundamental science of mineral extraction processes and engineering aspects, and operate in an engineering environment, working in the design, commissioning and operation of metallurgical plants.

This course provides training in the core areas of extractive metallurgy: mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and process mineralogy. Units in process control and instrumentation, modelling and simulation, financial management and process economics, and environmental and operational management are included in this course.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

It is recommended that students entering this major to have completed WACE Chemistry 3A/3B, Physics 3A/3B and Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D.

Applicants having other backgrounds will be considered for admission, but may need make-up units in first year, and therefore may need more than one year to complete Part I.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Students enrolling in units that have a practical component must make allowance for on-campus attendance to complete the practical work. The on-campus sessions for external students are generally held in a one-week block for each unit; the dates are published in each unit guide.

All students will undertake at least 500 hours of approved work experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and be approved by the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Academic Chair.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences, the role of chemical and metallurgical engineering in society and the engineering fundamentals applicable to this discipline
a. Applies sciences and engineering fundamentals to systematic investigation, interpretation, analysis and innovative solution of complex chemical engineering problems and broader aspects of chemical and metallurgical engineering practice.
b. Demonstrates understanding of applicable theories, techniques and an appreciation of their limitations.
c. Demonstrates relevance of this discipline to modern society, while developing an appreciation for potential impacts and solutions.
CLO 2 - Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the chemical and metallurgical engineering discipline
a. Identifies and understands interactions between engineering systems and people in the various contexts in which they operate, including both the positive role of resource processing and engineering in sustainable development and potentially adverse impacts of engineering activity.

SKILLS
CLO 3 - Display of appropriate professional and practical skills
a. Displays appropriate laboratory and practical skills; designs and conducts appropriate analytical, modelling and experimental investigations; interprets and critically evaluates data.
b. Can perform research and reference sources of information; integrates knowledge from a variety of sources; applies this knowledge to the solution of problems.
c. Understands and considers non-technical implications of the discipline.
CLO 4 - Ethical conduct and professional accountability in chemical and metallurgical processing
a. Understands accountabilities of the professional engineer for safety of other people and for protection of the environment (safety in design).
CLO 5 - Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
a. Proficient in all aspects of English, including expressing information effectively, to technical and non-technical audiences;
b. Prepares high quality engineering documents.

APPLICATION
CLO 6 - Application of established engineering methods to complex chemical and metallurgical engineering problem solving
a. Identifies ssues, determines causes and effects, predicts performance and behaviour, synthesises solution strategies, develops substantiated conclusions.
b. Investigates complex problems using research-based knowledge and research methods.
c. Transfers learning from previous experiences to practical problem solving.
CLO 7 - Application of systematic engineering synthesis and process & plant design processes
a. Applies technical knowledge, problem solving skills and appropriate tools and resources to design components, elements, systems, plant, facilities and/or processes.
b. Addresses broad contextual constraints (eg social, environmental, commercial, human factors as an integral part of the design process.
c. Familiar with relevant safety requirements and implement safety in design.
CLO 8 - Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
a. Seeks out the requirements and associated resources; realistically assesses scope, dimensions, indicative costs of a complex engineering project.
b. Demonstrates commitment to sustainable engineering practices and the achievement of sustainable outcomes
CLO 9 - Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
a. Demonstrates commitment to critical self-review and performance evaluation as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements.
b. Demonstrates commitment to life-long learning and professional development.
c. Understands good time-management practices.
CLO 10 - Effective team membership and team leadership
a. Understands the fundamentals of team dynamics and leadership.
b. Recognises the value of alternative and diverse viewpoints, scholarly advice and the importance of professional networking.
Employment Prospects The degree will allow graduates to work in the mineral resources and allied industries including oil and gas, broader chemical engineering field, mineral processing and process consulting. Specific job opportunities include Extractive/General Metallurgist; Mineral Processing Engineer; Hydrometallurgist; Pyrometallurgist; Consulting Metallurgy/Mineral Processing; Research Metallurgy/Mineral Processing; Chemical/Process Engineer.
Professional Recognition Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Professional Accreditation Recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Provisional accreditation by Engineers Australia.
Main research areas Hydrometallurgy, mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, process mineralogy, minerals chemistry.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Prerequisites

Chemistry Background

Students may need to complete prerequisite units depending on their background in chemistry and their final scaled score in Chemistry ATAR within the past three years.

Chemistry ATAR with a final scaled score of 50 percent or more

OR

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students who have completed previous chemistry not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Mathematics Background

Students may need to complete one prerequisite unit depending on their background in mathematics with either a final scaled score of 60 percent or more in Mathematics Methods ATAR (or Mathematics 3C/3D) or a C grade in Mathematics Specialist ATAR (or Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D) within the past three years.

Students without this background will need to complete as a bridging unit:

MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students who have completed previous mathematics not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Physics Background

Students may need to complete prerequisite units depending on their background in physics and their final scaled score in Physics 3A/3B within the past three years.

Physics 3A/3B with a final scaled score of 60 percent or more

OR

PEN120 General Physics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students who have completed previous physics studies not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Course Structure - 96 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BEN100 Transitioning into Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BEN150 Design Concepts in Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Core Units - 18 credit points

ENG193 Introduction to the Minerals Industry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

MAS161 Calculus and Matrix Algebra - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MAS182 Applied Mathematics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ENG109 Engineering Computing Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

PEN152 Principles of Physics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Part II - 72 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Unit - 3 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

ENG255 Chemical Process Kinetics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG205 Process Mineralogy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG298 Principles of Process Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG201 Fluid Mechanics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENG203 Heat and Mass Transfer - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

MAS221 Mathematical Modelling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Year 3 - 24 credit points

All Engineering students will undertake at least 500 hours of approved work experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and must be approved by the Engineering Academic Chair.

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The following unit is no longer available - contact the Academic Chair for advice:

BEN200 Scientific Method in Engineering - 3 points

Core Units - 21 credit points

ENG328 Mineral Processing I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG336 Engineering Finance, Management and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG335 Reactor Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG325 Pyrometallurgy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENG299 Control Systems and Process Dynamics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG329 Mineral Processing II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENG326 Hydrometallurgy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Year 4 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BEN300 Innovation and Ethics in Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Core Units - 21 credit points

ENG457 Engineering Design Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG456 Hazard, Safety and Environmental Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG470 Engineering Honours Thesis - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, US1-internal, WU3-internal, Y-internal

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