ENCH298-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Chemical Engineering Mathematics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


Modelling, and analytical and numerical mathematics for solving chemical engineering problems, including ordinary and partial differential equations, algebraic systems, Laplace and Fourier transforms.

Modelling, and analytical and numerical mathematics for solving chemical engineering problems, including algebraic systems, ordinary and partial differential equations, complex numbers, Fourier and Laplace transforms.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:
1. Set up and solve systems of linear algebraic equations using Matlab
2. Set up and solve systems of non-linear algebraic equations using Newton’s method in Matlab
3. Set up and solve systems of differential equations using analytical methods, Euler’s method, Heun’s method and ode routines in Matlab
4. Understand the physical meaning of some partial differential terms and be able to do simple manipulations such as determination of directional derivatives.
5. Further develop skills in the mathematics of complex numbers.
6. Understand the concepts of Fourier series, Fourier transforms and be able to analyse data using Matlab.
7. Carry out simple Laplace transforms from the fundamental equations, and solve simple differential equations by using Laplace transforms.
8. Choose appropriate methods from the list above for the solution of engineering models

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Timetable Note

Lectures: Three per week,
Laboratories: Fridays 11 am -1 pm in the the level 3 Engineering computer lab.  This is mostly for the development of programming skills for the implementation of numerical methods using Matlab and Excel.

Attendance at all lectures is highly encouraged. Completion of all assignments, tests, and exams is required.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ken Morison


Rua Murray and Miguel Moyers Gonzalez

Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged.  However direct copying will result is reduced or zero marks for all students involved.
The assignments are mainly a tool to prepare you for the exams. We advise you to try them individually before collaborating in groups.

Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the lecturers listed above, the 1st Pro Director of Studies (Assoc. Prof. Ken Morison), or the Head of Department (Assoc. Prof. Peter Gostomski).


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50%
Laboratories 10% Based on attendance and completion of lab tasks
Assignment 1 29 Mar 2018 10%
Test 24 Apr 2018 20%
Assignment 2 17 May 2018 10%


Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the aegrotat applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.  

General information is available on the Learn site: 1st Pro CAPE General Information and Feedback.

This is a compulsory course which provides a basis for many other courses in chemical engineering.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Lab marking
For each computer lab up to 3 marks will be given.
1 – attended 2 – adequate attempt 3 – good achievement

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

All ENCH298 Occurrences

  • ENCH298-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018