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  • Objectives
    Make raw materials valuable Chemical engineering uses chemistry, physics and mathematics to convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. A great variety of process industries serve the needs of society. Among the more familiar are petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and polymer production, fertiliser manufacture, cement and lime production, minerals and metals extraction and refining, paper and board manufacture, sugar refining, food processing, and production of industrial and fine chemicals. This course explores the development, design and operation of processes for the extraction, conversion and recovery of materials. Throughout your studies, you will specialise in either biosystems engineering, chemical engineering or oil and gas. Biosystems engineering stream Biosystems engineering is a broad engineering discipline which deals with bio-molecular and molecular processes, product design, sustainability and analysis of biological systems. This stream is designed to cover both the engineering principles and the biological fundamentals essential to the development, design and operation of processes and plants for the extraction, conversion and recovery of materials and biological systems. As a graduate you will be prepared to work in both the traditional chemical engineering industry and the evolving biotech industry (including the health industry). Chemical engineering stream In this stream you will explore the development, design and operation of processes and plant for the extraction, conversion and recovery of materials. You will focus on various process industries, such as petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and polymer production, fertiliser manufacture, cement and lime production, minerals and metals extraction and refining, paper and board manufacture, sugar refining, food processing, and production of industrial and fine chemicals. Oil and gas stream Engineering companies design and build plant for oil and gas industries. Manufacturing companies manage, operate, maintain and develop processes and plant for the efficient production of oil and gas. Chemical engineers are valuable employees in both these industries. The oil and gas stream covers the development, design and operation of processes and plant for the extraction, conversion and recovery of oil and gas systems. You will explore the theory and application of the various disciplines which are required to evaluate, develop and exploit oil and gas accumulations. Prior to graduation, you will complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during your vacations. This professional practice will be undertaken while you are still a student to make your theoretical studies more meaningful.
  • Entry requirements
    TEE Applicable Mathematics and at least two of TEE Calculus, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

    BEng(Curtin) OR BEng(Hons)(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 020854K
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years

    Introduction

    Covers the development, design and operation of chemical processes and plants for the extraction, conversion and recovery of materials that is based on both chemical and biological systems. A great variety of process industries serve the needs of society. Among the more familiar are petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and polymer production, bio-processing and bio-production, biopharmaceutics and food processing, fertilizer manufacture, cement and lime production, minerals and metals extraction and refining, paper and board manufacture, biomass and sugar refining, production of industrial and fine chemicals.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    TEE Applicable Mathematics and at least two out of TEE Calculus, Physics and Chemistry.

    Specific Requirements

    STAT is not accepted for mature age direct entry but may be used to meet English Competence requirements.

    Note
    In certain cases, the need to complete special units may result in extension of studies beyond the regular four year term. Students with other, or equivalent, qualifications should direct enquiries to the Head of the Department.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    4 years full-time study or equivalent part-time.

    Course Organisation


    Students undertake the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major in the first year and on successful completion, proceed to the second year of an engineering discipline. Please refer to the section at the front of the Department of First Year Engineering Studies to obtain details about the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major.

    Professional Recognition

    The Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering has full recognition by Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers. To qualify for the grade of Corporate Member of these institutions, graduates are required to complete a minimum of four years approved experience following the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree. Further information regarding membership of professional institutions can be obtained from the Department of Chemical Engineering, or from Engineers Australia or the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia.

    Career Opportunities

    A graduate in chemical engineering may expect to find employment with process and plant design engineers or within the manufacturing industry. Engineering companies design and build plant for the production and processing industries. Manufacturing companies manage, operate, maintain and develop processes and plant for the efficient production of materials. Other opportunities for employment are afforded by public utilities and authorities, research laboratories, academic institutions and consulting practices. There are many fields of specialisation both by class of industry and by nature of work. Particular interests for work in design, plant management, administration, project engineering, resource development, process control, environmental management, operation planning and financial consulting can be accommodated.

    Additional Course Expenses

    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.
    Further Information

    For more information contact the Career Consultant, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    Combined Degree Information

    Chemical Engineering may be combined with Chemistry, Extractive Metallurgy.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1

    307545     v.1           Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major                                 200.0
                                                                                                                           200.0

    Year 2
    310220     v.1           Chemical Engineering Stream                                         600.0
          OR
    310219     v.1           Oil and Gas Stream                                                        600.0
          OR
    310690     v.2           Biosystem Engineering Stream                                      600.0
                                                                                                                           600.0

    Availability
    Year      Location                         Period         All*  Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus             Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus             Semester 2           Y                 
    2009     Miri Sarawak Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Miri Sarawak Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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