CHEE420

Laboratory Projects III

Personnel

Instructor

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

Chemical Technologist

Brooke BelfallDupuis B9brooke.belfall@queensu.ca613-533-6679
Kelly SedoreDupuis B24kelly.sedore@queensu.ca613-533-6000x78384

Course Description

Students will work as teams to tackle projects that require bench and pilot plant equipment, and computer packages that simulate commercial processes. The projects will be more extensive and integrated than in previous laboratories, and will require a thorough and comprehensive analysis of processes and operations. A strong emphasis is placed on project planning and management, as well as professional communication with supervisors. The design component of this course is found in the application of process analysis skills to solve problems. The projects require the students to apply critical and problem solving skills in the operation or simulation of laboratory and process equipment with the goal of solving a problem for a fictitious industrial client. The projects may involve analysis or troubleshooting of existing equipment, or an investigation of the applicability of a concept to a new area. (0/0/0/24/24)

PREREQUISITES: CHEE 311, CHEE 321, CHEE 330, CHEE 315, CHEE 319, or permission of the department

Objectives and Outcomes

Students work in teams to tackle projects that require bench and pilot plant equipment, and computer packages that simulate commercial processes. The projects are more extensive and integrated than in previous laboratories, and require a thorough and comprehensive analysis of processes and operations. A strong emphasis is placed on project planning and management, as well as professional communication with supervisors. The design component of this course is found in the application of process analysis skills to solve problems. The projects require the students to apply critical and problem solving skills in the operation or simulation of laboratory and process equipment with the goal of solving a problem for a fictitious industrial client. The projects may involve analysis or troubleshooting of existing equipment, or an investigation of the applicability of a concept to a new area.

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 presentation.
  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 procedures.
  8. Design appropriate experimental protocol to reach substantiated conclusions.

This course develops the following attributes at the 4th year level (related specific course learning outcomes in parentheses):

  • Problem Analysis (CLO 2): Identifies known and unknown information, uncertainties and biases. Evaluates validity of results, risks, errors and uncertainties CHEE-PA-1.
  • Investigation (CLO 3, 7, 8): Designs and/or plans experimental investigations to apply and test working or research hypothesis CHEE-INV-1; Synthesize information and data to reach substantiated conclusions CHEE-INV-3; Assess validity of conclusions within limitations of data and methodologies; describe nature and possible causes of uncertainty CHEE-INV-4; Describe and demonstrate safety protocols in laboratory environment CHEE-INV-5.
  • Engineering Tools (CLO 1, 3, 7): Select and apply appropriate instrumentation/measurement techniques/models/simulations CHEE-TOO-1; Demonstrate appropriate and safe application and operation of engineering tools CHEE-TOO-2; Use appropriate statistical tools to analyze instrumentation or simulation errors and to assess appropriateness of results CHEE-TOO-3.
  • Individual and team work (CLO 6): Contribute to team goal setting and participates equitably to all aspects of the group work CHEE-TEA-1; Elicits and applies positive and effective feedback from mentors and peers in technical, communications, and/or team issues CHEE-TEA-2.
  • Communications (CLO 4): Deliver clear and organized written communication with accurate use of technical vocabulary, while demonstrating conciseness, precision and clarify of language in technical writing CHEE-COM-1; Create figures, tables and drawings to engineering report standards CHEE-COM-2; Demonstrates formal oral presentations with appropriate language, style, timing and flow, while adapting format, content and tone appropriate to audience and purpose CHEE-COM-3.
  • Professionalism (CLO 6): Demonstrate punctuality, timeliness, responsibility and appropriate communication etiquette CHEE-PRO-1; Provide accurate, comprehensive, objective technical opinions and recommendations CHEE-PRO-2.
  • Life-long learning (CLO 5): 1 Identifies and critically evaluates an appropriate range of information sources CHEE-LL-1; Demonstrate the ability to collect information, utilize previously learned knowledge and identify/apply concepts not taught in the curriculum. Synthesizes these elements to produce an original outcome in design/lab/research projects CHEE-LL-2.

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. Mandatory course orientation and safety lectures are given during the 1st week of term. Students are asked to provide a preference of team members and a project preference list. Based on these lists, lab teams of 2 or 3 students are formed and projects assigned before the end of the first week of classes. All attempts are made to meet the preferences of the students, however, a final decision will be made by the Laboratory Coordinator. 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.

In teams of two or three, students complete two major lab projects. The laboratory projects involve completion of the following main tasks:

  • Preliminary background research based on the project description provided on the course onQ (D2L) website.
  • Initial meeting with Project Supervisor to clarify project objectives.
  • Preparation, submission and oral presentation of project proposal to Supervisor
  • Experimental Work
  • Formal Report - Preparation & Submission
  • Final Oral Presentation

Resources

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 420 (onQ) website.