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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ECH6107
Tracking Number - 5344

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Req for Chem. Eng. Need Program Fit. To GC. Emailed 2/12/16. GC review -Rev LO. Emailed 4/14/16. GC Appr 5/4/16. Updt title to Molecular Thermodynamics from Adv Ther II per GC request 5/18/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Apprd eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-12-17
  2. Department: Chemical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107-0000
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Babu Joseph
  6. Phone: 9740692
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ECH
  9. Number: 6107
  10. Full Title: Molecular Thermodynamics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  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?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Molecular Thermodynamics
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Introduction of thermodynamics from a molecular perspective. The focus will be on applications to chemical engineering systems and processes.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  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? All PhD students and most MS students in chemical engineering are expected to take this class.

    About 15-20 students are expected to enroll in this class.

  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.) A PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field is required.
  29. Objectives: The objective of this course is to provide the student with the basic aspects of chemical engineering thermodynamics from a molecular perspective. The course will introduce the student to the quantum mechanical basis for energy states and then using statistical mechanics introduce concepts of entropy and energy for large ensembles of molecules leading to derivation of the basic laws of thermodynamics. Relationship to basic transport properties such as diffusion will be shown.
  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Understand and apply the relationship between molecular level phenomena and macroscopic properties of materials

    2. Understand and apply the basic concepts of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics

    3. Understand and apply the basic concepts of quantum mechanics

    4. To read and critique recent literature on chemical engineering thermodynamics.

  31. Major Topics: Week 1 Review of laws of thermodynamics

    Week 2 Review of phase equilibrium

    Week 3 Quantum theory

    Week 4 Schrodinger Equation

    Week 5 Review/Midterm Test 1

    Week 6 Application of Quantum Theory

    Week 7 Statistical Mechanics I

    Week 8 Statistical mechanics II

    Week 9 Review/Midterm Test 2 on Mar 22

    Week 10 Kinetic Theory

    Week 11 Chemical Kinetics

    Week 12 Applications

    Week 13 Applications

    Week 14 Project Presentations

  32. Textbooks: Molecular Physical Chemistry for Engineers by J.T. Yates, Jr and J. Karl Johnson, University Science Books, Sausalito, CA, 2007
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Tester and Modell : Thermodynamcis and its Applications

    Prausnitz: Molecular Thermodyanmics of Fluid phase equilibria

    For Statistical Mechanics

    McQuarrie: Statistical Mechanics ( a very good and comprehensive text)

    For Quantum Mechanics

    McQuarrie: Quantum Chemistry;

    Levine: Quantum Chemistry

    Additional readings will be taken from current literature on the subject.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: There will be homework assigned every week. Normally due at the beginning of class. Late penalty 10% per day. Randomly selected problems will be graded.


    Approximate Distribution of points. I reserve the right to make minor adjustments.

    Homework 50

    Quizzes and in class assignments (drop 2) 50

    Midterm Test1 75

    Midterm Test2 75

    Final 100

    Project 50

    Active participation in class discussion is strongly encouraged. You can participate by asking questions, answering questions and bringing up points for discussion. You can also particiapte by asking questions via the discussion board. I prefer that you post questions on the discussion board rather than email since it allows others to view the question and answer and hence benefit from that.

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There will be weekly homework assignments and quizzes

    Two midterm examinations and a final

    A course project will be required.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: As per USF policy
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, BS in Chemical Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: The course will be suitable for graduate students in other engineering and science programs

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