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Process Unit Operations (ENG524)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit incorporates aspects of process principles, mass/energy balance, fluid mechanics, momentum, mass and heat transfer to prepare students to study the units in Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Water Treatment and Desalination. The unit addresses the main principles of unit operations which form the basis for mineral processing, extractive metallurgical, water treatment and desalination plants. Focus: mass and energy balances, basic fluid mechanics and key aspects of mass, energy and momentum transfer of fluids and slurries relevant to the above industries.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Identify the unit operations involved in Mineral Processing, Metallurgical, Water Treatment and Desalination Plants
2. Apply physico-chemical, chemical engineering and modelling aspects related to unit operations.
3. Solve problems related to fluid mechanics, mass/heat transfer, mass/energy balance, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the reactions involved in unit operations
4. Perform tasks needed to develop and design flow sheets and/or plants suitable for different feed material based on experimental data; case studies and troubleshooting exercises.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: 4 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is weekly lectures and workshops for internal/external students to demonstrate how the fundamental understanding can be used in problem solving and various aspects of design related to mineral processing, metallurgical, water treatment and desalination unit operations. All students will access on-line learning materials and PowerPoint presentations delivered for internal students via LMS. The self-directed learning will involve reading the relevant sections of the unit material and problem solving exercises for each week as well as the use of recommended additional material relevant to some assessments. Regular contact with the unit coordinator and tutors and the use of the forum in LMS is encouraged to communicate with peers and to develop and refine independent learning skills, creative but critical analysis and problem solving skills; to gain the knowledge on how to access and assess the in-depth professional information and global perspectives via literature and other resources.
Other Learning Experiences Students will participate in a plant visit during the semester to appreciate the scale of industrial operations.
Assessment Assessment will involve assignments (20%) based on the use of the materials covered, research and some self-directed study; open book tests (20%), critical data analysis (20%) and a closed book supervised 2 hour examination (40%). Students will get feedback on their performance in assignments, open book tests and data analysis during the semester. The feedback will be on fundamental aspects, critical thinking and the logical approach to problem solving exercises in assignments and open book tests. This would improve their ability for self-learning, successful application of knowledge in practical industrial problems, trouble shooting, critical analysis of data, report writing and communication.
Prerequisites Enrolment in G1034 Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy, G1070 Graduate Diploma in Engineering, M1259 Master of Water Treatment and Desalination or M1193 Master of Engineering.
Exclusions EXM224 Principles of Unit Operations
Notes Students will be provided with laboratory data or plant data relevant to unit operations and the expectation is to present a brief report on the critical analysis of data for a specified outcome.
Previously 2013: EXM524
2013: 'Principles of Unit Operations'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy (GradDipExtMet)
Master of Engineering (ME)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake
Head of Discipline Chemistry and Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2833
e: G.Senanayake@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.039 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake
Head of Discipline Chemistry and Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2833
e: G.Senanayake@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.039 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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