ENCH298-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Chemical Engineering Mathematics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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

This course covers the mathematical concepts for solving problems in different areas of chemical engineering with emphasis on numerical methods, data-analysis, data visualisation, workflow optimisation and documentation. In addition, contemporary methods and tools are introduced for solving typical chemical engineering problems.

Learning Outcomes

This course seeks to develop the following knowledge and skills in students:
Numerical analysis
Students will be able to set up and solve:
o linear algebraic equation systems
o non-linear algebraic equation systems
o ordinary differential equations systems (Euler’s and Heun’s method)
Multivariate calculus
Students will understand the physical meaning of some partial differential terms and will be able to simple manipulations such as the determination of directional derivatives.
Mathematics of complex numbers
Students will understand the concepts of Fourier series, Fourier transforms and be able to analyse data.
Python and Jupyter Notebook
Students will be able to:

o code the solution in Python.
o document the solution steps and discuss and present the results in Jupyter Notebooks.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 F3 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Rata 342 CAD Lab
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 F3 Lecture Theatre (22/2)
F3 Lecture Theatre (29/2-7/3, 21/3-28/3, 2/5-30/5)
19 Feb - 10 Mar
18 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre
11 Mar - 17 Mar

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 19:00 - 20:30 E14 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar
02 Monday 19:00 - 20:30 E16 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar

Timetable Note

The course consists of three lectures (3x1h), one tutorial (1h) and one laboratory (2h) per week.

Attendance at all lectures and tutorials is highly encouraged.

Course Coordinator

Alfred Herritsch


Alex James and Mingfeng Qiu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 45%
Laboratories 10% Laboratories will be marked on attendance and completion of lab tasks. For each computer lab up to three marks will be given (1 - attended 2 - adequate attempt 3 - good achievement
Notebook submissions 5% For three labs, students will be required to submit well-structured, functioning and well-documented notebooks. These will be worth up to 5%. If fewer than three labs are submitted, the marks will be reduced in proportion to the number submitted.
Test 25 Mar 2024 20%
Assignment 1 29 Apr 2024 10%
Assignment 2 29 May 2024 10%


All information about academic policies (e.g. special consideration, dishonest practice) can be found on the ENCH-Undergraduate LEARN page.

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENCH298 Occurrences

  • ENCH298-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024