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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ECH5320
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-01-25
  2. Department: Chemical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107
  5. Contact Person: Carlos A. Smith
  6. Phone: 45859
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ECH
  9. Number: 5320
  10. Full Title: Chemical Process Engineering I
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Chem Proc Eng I
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Bachelors degree in science, math, or engineering
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course presents the principles of mass balances, classical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, energy balances, and psychrometrics. The student will learn by doing many case studies. Computer software will be used to obtain solutions to many problems.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is required for the Chemical Process Engineering Certificate. Chemical Engineers are educated in the design and operation of chemical processes. However, there are many other degreed-professionals (electrical engineers, civil engineers, indu
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is the first course required for the Chemical Process Engineering Certificate. The course will not service any other program. It is estimated that the course will be offered once a year with 20 students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
  29. Objectives: The objective of the course is to present the principles of mass balances, classical thermodynamics, and energy balances, and to provide enough practice to make the student proficient in their use.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. To know units of pressure, temperature, density (specific volume), mass, moles, and concentration in SI and English, and to use conversions

    2. To adhere to a hierarchical order of describing equations for each box when developing mass and energy balances for many processes.

    3. To identify: (a) unknowns, i.e., streams flows and composition parameters; (b) the nature and minimum number of fundamental boxes needed to split, mix, react and separate; (c) the number of independent equations available to interrelate the unknowns.

    4. To know the meaning and use of degrees of freedom when describing processes.

    5. To learn how to translate problem specifics (Process Specifications).

    6. To know the meaning and use of “conversion per pass” and “amount/extent of reaction.”

    7. To know the role of temperature as the controlled variable, i.e., its effects on physicochemical properties.

    8. To know the use and meaning of global and local reference states in the calculation of enthalpy.

    9. To know the principles, and simple description (ideal solutions), of phase equilibrium.

    10. To use the psychrometric charts.

    11. To use parametric analysis, tabulation and graphic presentation of results.

    12. To know the meaning of “process demand” and “utility services.”

    13. To know the use of an equation solver, TK Solver.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Mass balances in reacting and non-reacting processes

    2. Classical thermodynamics

    3. Phase equilibria in ideal solutions

    4. Energy balances in reacting and non-reacting processes

    5. Psychrometrics

  32. Textbooks: Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, R. M. Felder & R. W. Rousseau, John Wiley & Sons

    Thermal-Fluid Sciences, Yunus A. Cengel & Robert H. Turner, McGraw Hill Book Co

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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