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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ECH6506

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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: Elective Chem. Eng. To GC. Note - SCNS has ECH 6506C "Broadband Comm Net." Emailed CBH 4/14/16. GC ok pending clearance. Must propose new #. Emld 4/14/16. new # 6507. GC Apprd To Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Nmbr 6507 apprd as 6506 Eff 7/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5345 2015-12-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Chemical Engineering EN 2107-0000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. Babu Joseph 9740692

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ECH 6506 Chemical Engineering Kinetics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Chemical Engineering Kinetics
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    Permission of Instructor



    Course Description

    Fundamental aspects of chemical reactions, including collision theory, transition rate theory, unimolecular rate theory, homogeneous gas and liquid phase kinetics, heterogeneous kinetics, and mass-transfer limited kinetics.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. 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?

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

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. 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.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Introduction to basic and advanced concepts of chemical kinetics. The purpose of the course is to provide a conceptual framework for phenomena of chemical kinetics and examples in single phase, multi-phase, and catalytic circumstances. The understanding of these concepts, as well as their implementation, will be described in this course. The course also provides opportunity to apply the concepts and demonstrate implementation in the context of problem solving, assessment, and interpretation of real examples.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    • Predict collision frequency of gaseous molecules and sticking coefficients of gas-solid adsorption

    • Describe and predict transition states of molecular transformation

    •Describe the role of diffusion and reactions on the concentration gradient in porous catalyst pellets

    • Explain the Thiele modules and the effectiveness factor.

    • Describe the regions of reaction limitations and internal diffusion limitations and the conditions that affect them.

    • Calculate the effect of mass transfer limitations on the observed kinetics

    • Design catalyst pellets for use in catalytic reactors

    • Explain the mass transfer coefficient, explain what it is function of and how it is measured or calculated, and its relation to the diffusion coefficient.

    • Determine PBR performance in which mass transfer limits the rate of reaction.

    • Formulate how one goes from a region mass transfer limitation to reaction limitation.

    • Predict phase-transfer rates for multiphase reactions

    • Estimate penetration depth for simultaneous reaction and diffusion at fluid interfaces

    C. Major Topics

    Introduction, Fundamentals and Review. Kinetic theory of gases, Collision theory, Potential energy surfaces and transition state theory, Basic rate expressions and simplifying assumptions

    Heterogeneous Catalysis Kinetics. Structure of materials and adsorption on surfaces, L-H-H-W kinetics, Simultaneous Transport and Reaction in Porous Materials, Case study – Catalytic converters

    Non-Catalytic Gas-Solid, Gas-Liquid, and Liquid-Liquid Reactions

    D. Textbooks

    Rawlings and Ekerdt, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals 2nd ed. Madison WI: Nob Hill Publishing, 2012.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases


    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    60 % exams, 20% homework, and 20% project

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There will be weekly assignments in addition to 2 tests and a course project.

    H. 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: Canvas, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    AS per USF rules

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, BS in Chemical Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    The course would be of interest to graduate students in other branches of engineering and chemistry

- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or