Chemical Engineering


CHEE218 : Laboratory Projects I



David PoirierDupuis 210david.poirier@queensu.ca613-533-6000x79114


Joaquin ArredondoDup B2714JA29@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 75170
Cameron GiglioDupuis G36cameron.giglio@queensu.ca
Saeed Rismani YazdiDUP 23914sry@queensu.ca
Mahmoud KhademiFCRC14mk57@queensu.ca
Ikenna EzenwajiakuDup B27ikenna.ezenwajiaku@queensu.ca
Joe GlasingB27joe.glasing@queensu.ca
Alexander Jameson11ajj4@queensu.ca

Chemical Technologist

Brooke BelfallB9brooke.belfall@queensu.ca
Kelly SedoreDupuis B24kelly.sedore@queensu.ca

Course Description

The projects provide a practical introduction to processes that occur in chemical engineering operations. Bench-scale and pilot plant equipment are used. Students plan and carry out the experiments, analyze the data and prepare written reports (0/0/0/30/0)

PREREQUISITES:  APSC 100, CHEE 209, or permission of the department.

Objectives and Outcomes

The projects provide a practical introduction to processes that occur in chemical engineering operations. Bench-scale and pilot plant equipment are used. Students work in groups to plan and carry out the experiments. In the 1st project round, students work individually to analyze the data and prepare written reports. Students work as a group to analyze the data and prepare written reports in the 3 remaining project rounds.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in operation and control of process and analytical equipment.
  2. Demonstrate engineering judgment and an awareness of the nature and magnitude of physical and chemical effects and factors, as well as errors and uncertainties.
  3. Collect and interpret data to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of current chemical engineering theory.
  4. Write concise, coherent and grammatically correct lab reports that reflect critical analysis and synthesis. Deliver clear and organized formal oral presentations.
  5. Demonstrate effective independent learning, initiative, originality and creativity in completion of pre-lab preparation and other tasks.
  6. Work effectively as group member and demonstrate good leadership skills when team leader, adopting a professional approach during all project phases.
  7. Document and follow appropriate safety protocols.

This course develops the following attributes at the 2nd year level (related specific course learning outcomes in parentheses):

  • Problem Analysis (CLO 2)
  • Investigation (CLO 3, 7)
  • Engineering Tools (CLO 1, 3, 7)
  • Communications (CLO 4)
  • Individual and team work (CLO 6)
  • Professionalism (CLO 6)

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. There are mandatory course orientation and safety lectures during the 1st week of term. After the orientation lectures, teams consisting of 3 or 4 students are assigned by the course instructor. These teams remain together for the term and perform 4 of the available engineering lab experiments.

Teams are expected to function independently during all phases of their projects, but are permitted to consult with their Project Supervisor (TA) if they have difficulties related to technical aspects of their project, or with one of the Chemical Engineering Technologists if they have apparatus-related issues.

The Course Instructor is available to consult with on matters related to evaluation disputes, team dynamics, deadline extensions and penalties, clarification of course polices, etc.

The term is divided evenly into 4 project periods/rounds. A team leader is designated by the group for each project (everyone must serve as team leader at least once).

All laboratory projects involve completion of the following main tasks:

  • Laboratory project preparation/research and booking of lab time
  • An oral presentation of project objectives and plans for procedures and analysis to the Project Supervisor (TA)
  • Laboratory/experimental work
  • Formal technical report preparation & submission
  • All Students individually submit a peer evaluation.


Partial course content (for individuals not currently registered in the course) may be accessed here.

Complete course content, including project resources, scheduling info, submission links, etc., is available on the CHEE 218 Course (onQ) website.