Projects Lab, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
Syllabus, CH EN 4903
|Tony Butterfield - Section 1 - M,W||Terry Ring - Section 2 - T, H|
|Chem. E. Professor||Chem. E. Professor|
|3226 MEB, 801-587-8461, 801-61-3.1416||2290 MEB, 801-585-5705|
|Bob Cox||Jessica Ponto||Brian Rogers|
|Lab Manager||CLEAR Specialist||CLEAR Specialist|
|3520B MEB, 581-7846||1706 WEB||1706 WEB|
Prerequisites: C- or better in CH EN 3553 & 3603. Major standing. Corequisites: CH EN 4203.
12:55 - 1:45
2:00 - 5:00
12:55 - 1:45
2:00 - 5:00
See the online class calendar (http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/calendar.php) for a detailed schedule of lectures and student presentations.
Experiments and theoretical solution of realistic problems in heat transfer, fluid flow, mass transfer, chemical-reaction kinetics, and process control by use of semi-industrial-scale and bench-scale equipment.
- Apply concepts from heat transfer, fluid mechanics, mass transfer, process control and thermodynamics to model and analyze the performance of unit operations equipment.
- Apply concepts from mathematics to model and analyze the performance of unit operations equipment.
- Compute description statistics (e.g. sample mean, sample standard deviation) and apply methods of statistical inference (e.g. hypothesis test, confidence intervals) to analyze experimental data sets.
- Develop specific experimental objectives to meet overall experimental goals.
- Design and conduct experiments to collect data relevant to experimental objectives.
- Analyze experimental data to obtain parameters and correlations describing unit operations equipment performance.
- Evaluate the quality of experimental results by comparison with accepted correlations and theories and develop valid conclusions about deviations from expected equipment performance.
- Demonstrate effective team skills including goal-setting, consensus-building, listening, role-setting, and time management.
- Demonstrate effective leadership skills including facilitating team discussions and decisions, calling team meetings, and insuring team achieves all required tasks on schedule.
- Produce professional-quality written reports that present, analyze, and interpret experimental results logically and which are well organized and easy to read.
- Produce a professional-quality oral presentation that presents, analyzes, and interprets experimental results logically and which are well organized and delivered.
- Apply concepts of professional ethics to design and conducting experiments and analyzing and interpreting experimental data.
- Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory and process equipment and instrumentation and their capabilities and limitations.
- Demonstrate the ability to design an experiment to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as environmental, economic, health and safety.
Projects: Students will be assigned to work in teams of two or three. Each team will be assigned three projects over the course of the semester. Before beginning each project, the team must arrange to meet with the professor for a 30 minute preliminary oral examination regarding the project's planning, pertinent theory, and safety issues. As part of this meeting the students must properly fill out, bring, and discuss their Job Hazard Analysis form.
Try to conduct all your experiments during scheduled class time. However, if more lab time is needed, contact the professor or lab manager to obtain their approval.
Reports: For the first project each student of each team will write a formal report. For the remaining two projects, each student must write one formal report and one memo report. The memo report may be done in the second or third project period, at the student's discretion, as long as at least one student in each team writes a formal report for each project.
Two hard copies of each report must be handed in to the professor, or submitted to the department secretary on or before the due date and time. An electronic copy must also be submitted through the projects lab web site, http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/ . For each formal report, two hard copies of a draft of the Introduction and Theory sections must be handed in prior to the report's due date (see the class calendar for due dates), and the graded drafts must be turned in with the final version of the report.
A CLEAR writing specialist will be available by appointment for one-on-one consultations and group conferences to help you with your written reports throughout the semester.
Presentations: Near the end of the semester each student will give a 10 minute persuasive presentation on an ethical issue to the class. The topic must be related to a social issue involving engineering. Your presentation should focus on the ethical issues relevant to the topic and develop a persuasive argument for what you deem to be the most ethical approach in addressing it. A list of possible topics may be found online, http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/courses/4903_topics.php. You may select a topic from the list or select your own. However, each student's topic must be sufficiently unique and approved by the instructor.
A detailed explanation of the grading for 4903 may be found on the projects lab site, http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/courses/rubric.php?course=4903 . The grading breakdown for 4903 is shown in the bar graph below. Assignments handed in late will receive a 10% penalty for the first day late (or fraction thereof), and an additional 2% penalty for each subsequent day.
Formal Report I
|Formal Report II||Persuasive Presentation||Professionalism|
In addition to the three reports and the presentation, notice that a portion of your grade depends upon several small homework assignments, each holding an equal proportion of that 5% homework total. Additionally, there is a 5% "professionalism" score. You will be required to arrange meetings with the CLEAR specialists outside of class time to help prepare for your oral presentations and edit your reports. One factor that will affect the professionalism score is your preparedness for and attendance at these meetings (60% of the professionalism score, determined by CLEAR). The other factor that will affect your professionalism score is your attendance at the presentations of your peers and submission of your peer evaluations (40% of the professionalism score). This score will be calculated by the percentage of presentations and evaluations completed, after allowing for three unexcused missed presentations.
Text, Materials, Fees:
There is a special laboratory fee of $100. The text for the course is available from the copy center and online, http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/courses/lab_handbook.php. You must also keep an approved laboratory notebook (available in the bookstore). It is recommended that you have access to Perry's Chemical Engineers Handbook, 8th ed, and Writing Style and Standards in Undergraduate Reports, Second Edition by Jeter and Donnel (ISBN 978-1-932780-06-2).
Hard hats, lab coats, and safety glasses will be supplied by the department. Proper use of safety equipment, maintenance of your laboratory workspace and proper record keeping in the lab book will have bearing on each report grade. Handouts for the course and the lab handbook from the copy center are available.
The projects lab has a dedicated site with which you should become familiar, http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/. On this site you may find equipment manuals, SOPs, the class calendar, and much more. Oral and written report guidelines are provided in the course handbook, and are also made available online (http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/courses/lab_handbook.php). Lecture overheads and other miscellaneous course material may be found at http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/courses/course_material/?course=4903 . Importantly, each student has a page on this site from which they may submit reports, check their grades, and evaluate the team participation and oral presentations of peers http://www.che.utah.edu/projects_lab/courses/students/?course=4903.
In addition, you will receive several lectures throughout the semester regarding physical measurements, data analysis, hypothesis testing, and several other topics in statistics. Rigorous and statistically sound analysis of data is a key component of this course. Online interactive examples and detailed explanations of these concepts will be available to you online, http://www.che.utah.edu/~tony/OTM/.
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