Products and Value Chains (CHNG3807)


This unit of study is designed to give students experience at solving complex, interesting, real world engineering problems, by applying theoretical and experimental principles learnt during their studies. During the unit of study students will be required to work on three project-driven case studies covering a range of design scenarios, from the domain of particulate products, entrepreneurial ventures (business "start ups", ethics and product value chains. This unit of study is a concurrent requirement for the concept and enabling technology courses running in parallel in the same semester. By the end of the unit of study students should be proficient at developing a strategy for taking a product development idea from concept to commercial artefact - with a comprehensive appreciation of economic arguments, underlying uncertainties (and how to mitigate these), and consideration of trade-offs inherent in this development. They should also be able to apply design and analysis tools for the synthesis of particulate products leading to the manufacture of a preferred product at pilot scale and be able to develop a strategy for the design and analysis of extended business enterprises. A key aspect of the unit of study is that students demonstrate these outcomes in project mode. The three projects in the unit of study address "issues of scale" of chemical and biomolecular engineering, from molecular to macro-systems levels.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Lectures, Workgroups, Project Work - in class, Project Work - own time


Through semester assessment (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


CHNG2801; CHNG2802; CHNG2803; CHNG2804; CHNG2805; CHNG2806

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. Ability to read widely outside of the technical literature, and to synthesise arguments based on such literature. Ability to write coherent reports and essays based on qualitative and quantitative information.


CHNG3805; CHNG3806

Study this unit outside a degree

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.