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Chemical Engineering

CHEE421

CHEE421 : Research Project

Personnel

Instructor

David PoirierDupuis 210david.poirier@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 79114

Chemical Technologist

Brooke BelfallDupuis B9brooke.belfall@queensu.ca613-533-6679
Kelly SedoreDupuis B24kelly.sedore@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 78384

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to work on an individual basis with faculty members of the department. Students will submit interim oral and written progress reports and a final oral presentation and technical report. They will be expected to present and defend their results in a conference/seminar setting. The projects may be concerned with engineering design and development work or may be of a more fundamental research nature. Students enrolling for this course are advised to consult with the faculty member concerned late in the winter term of their 3rd year of study. (0/0/0/84/0)

PREREQUISITES:  ECGPA of 3.20 or permission of the Department.

Objectives and Outcomes

This course provides an opportunity for students to work on an individual basis with faculty members of the department. Students will submit interim oral and written progress reports and a final oral presentation and technical report. They will be expected to present and defend their results in a conference/seminar setting. The projects may be concerned with engineering design and development work or may be of a more fundamental research nature. Students enrolling for this course are advised to consult with the faculty member concerned late in the winter term of their 3rd year of study.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

  1. Identify the knowledge/skills required, evaluate available literature, and design experiments and/or develop methodology to meet the project objective(s) safely and efficiently.
  1. Apply appropriate engineering techniques, tools, and processes to accomplish the task.
  2. Synthesize information from experimentation, investigation, and literature to reach substantiated conclusions.
  3. Describe nature and possible causes of uncertainty in analysis, interpretation, and measurement.
  4. Generate a traceable and defensible record of the project using an appropriate project records system.
  5. Write and revise technical memos and reports to communicate intentions and findings using appropriate conventions and concise, precise, and clear language.
  6. Demonstrate confidence in formal and informal oral communications with supervisor and colleagues.

Note: An emphasis is placed upon minimal supervision in the laboratory and the importance of safety and successful teamwork. All students are required to read the department Safety Manual. Seeking help from within one's group and from fellow classmates is encouraged. Please consult your supervisors and/or graduate students in the research lab first.

This course develops the following attributes (related specific course learning outcomes in parentheses):

  • Investigation (1, 2, 3, 4):
    • Designs and/or plans experimental investigations to apply and test working or research hypothesis.
    • Synthesizes information and data to reach substantiated conclusions
  • Communications (6, 7): Demonstrates formal oral presentations with appropriate language, style, timing and flow. Adapts format, content and tone appropriate to audience and purpose. 
  • Professionalism (6, 7): Demonstrates punctuality, timeliness, responsibility and appropriate communication etiquette.
  • Economics/Project management: Applies efficient management of time and resources, including staying within project scope (5).
  • Lifelong learning (1)

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. Students are required to spend a minimum of 10 hours/week working on their research projects. Students submit regular progress memos to their Supervisor/s and the Course Instructor and are required to have regular meetings with their Research Supervisor/s.

The research project course involves the following main tasks/events:

  • Mandatory course orientation and safety lectures are given during the 1st week of Fall term.
  • Meeting with Project Supervisor to clarify project objectives.
  • A literature search workshop is held the 2nd week of Fall term.
  • A literature review and project proposal are due Mid-October.
  • Interim oral presentations are made in a seminar setting at the end of Fall term.
  • A journal article writing workshop is held the 2nd week of February.
  • A final report in the form of a journal article is due at the end of Winter term.
  • Final oral presentations are made in a seminar setting at the end of Winter term

Information related to CHEE 421 deliverable expectations, evaluation, safety, schedules, etc., can be found on the CHEE 421 website. Complete course information, including submission links for electronically submitted deliverables can be found on the course Brightspace website.

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 421 (onQ) website.