Industrial Systems and Sustainability (CHNG2805)


This course involves the study of the various concepts which underpin sustainable development, including technical and economic efficiency, stewardship of the bio-physical environment, and social acceptability. The course examines the material economy from the perspective of open and closed thermodynamic systems, and the implications of this for resource and energy consumption, and waste generation. A number of governing sustainability frameworks are examined to determine their suitability within the context of chemical engineering. A range of approaches and tools for determining industries environmental performance are introduced as part of a sustainability framework. Energy production and use, and product design are investigated from a sustainability perspective. Green Engineering principles are highlighted as a potential method for transforming industry.

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Further unit of study information


Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(MATH1001 OR MATH1901) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1903) AND (MATH1005 OR MATH1015 OR MATH1905) AND ENGG1801 AND CHNG1103 AND (CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1903) AND (CHEM1102 OR CHEM1902 OR CHEM1904)

Assumed knowledge

Ability to conduct mass and energy balances, and the integration of these concepts to solve real chemical engineering problems. Ability to understand basic principles of physical chemistry, physics and mechanics. Ability to use mathematics of calculus (including vector calculus) and linear algebra, and carry out computations with MATLAB and MS EXCEL.


CHNG2804 AND CHNG2806.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.