Course Outline

Course Objectives:

The first objective of this course is the development and application of technical and business analysis skills, which will be realized by carrying out a comprehensive analysis of a problem for an industrial client.

Each group will be assigned a project that will challenge students to apply their knowledge in their particular areas of expertise. It must be emphasized that it is not our intention to restrict the engineers to the design aspect of the assignments and the law students only concern themselves with legislation, while the business students handle only the economic issues. Rather, we would hope that all team members work together on all aspects of their projects. This innovative program is an ambitious proposition. For it to be a success, all participants, including the instructors, must be prepared to question, evaluate and learn as we proceed through this process.

The second major objective of the course is the development of interpersonal and team skills, particularly amongst the faculties. Effective organization, and a full participation of all group members is probably the most critical issue that must be continuously monitored in order to make this challenging experience not overly demanding for all concerned. TEAM organization and group participation are evaluated in your meeting agendas, minutes and progress reports, as well as in a direct TEAM skills evaluation. It should be obvious to all group participants that the management of the project reports, their technical content and innovation, are all a direct reflection of the group's efforts. All group members are expected to attend meetings. This will challenge many groups, since members from different faculties will have different schedules. Nevertheless, attendance is expected. As future professionals, you will certainly be expected to schedule and attend meetings.

A third objective of this course is the development of an understanding of professional practice issues, project planning and management, which will be accomplished through the seminar series program.

For the projects, material from previous courses is augmented and applied to the individual group "constancy". There is a variety of resources available, for example specialized software, such as flowsheet simulators. This software can be accessed in the Chem. Eng. Computing Facility. This term's project may require the use of this software as one of many tools available, however grading of the projects will be on an overall basis. Participants should not feel obliged to emphasize any particular tool.

Marking Scheme And Course Structure:

The course structure is as follows:

Fall term:

Students will bid for the projects of their choice. TEAMs will be selected by the instructors, based on the information provided in the bids. We will accommodate your interests as far as possible, but keep in mind that each project must be assigned a certain number of students. By necessity, you may not be assigned to your first choice of project.

Each group will have at least one technical advisor from industry or faculty. Because many projects require a secrecy agreement, these advisors are assigned to a specific group.

Students will attend a lecture every week (for 2018-19, lectures are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 9:30pm in Dupuis Hall, Room 217).

The first progress report is due per the schedule (see Deadlines page) should include the project plan and the statement of work, letter of confidentiallity, intellectual property agreement, and the waiver of liability. Meeting minutes should also be provided.

Further information is available in the TEAM manual and the reference project management textbook.

Winter Term:

Groups will meet with the course instructor for 30 minutes each week. In addition, they must also meet with their industry mentor (advisor) every week. These meetings are mandatory and failure to do so will result in loss of marks, and possible failure of the course.

A rotating meeting schedule will be established, beginning in January. Except for unusual circumstances, we would expect that each group have weekly meetings with the client contact (some may prefer bi-weekly). Regular updates in the form of weekly status memos will be expected.

Progress reports will be expected from each group, as scheduled (see Deadlines page). For more details refer to the TEAM manual.

Submission of the documents

All files must be submitted electronically over CloudFiles and as a hard copy (except meeting minutes and some supplementary materials).

File naming format: "Team# - Client - File name - YYMMDD"

Example: "1 - Shell - FallProjectPlan - 150929" 


Assignment Date Due Weighting
Progress Reports As scheduled 0.20 (3 @ ~0.07)
Weekly Meeting Reports Winter  0.10
Final Presentation to Client As scheduled 0.20
Final Report As scheduled 0.30
TEAM skills/Professionalism (Peer, self and instructor evaluation) 0.20

The weighting shown above does not relate to marking, but estimates the significance of each component.

The Expectation set for the course is high to reflect the expectations of the clients. Group marks in the course will normally be either 75-85% (well performing group), 60-70% (below expectations group), or IN (incomplete - inadequate performance).

Individual marks will calculated as a combination of the group mark (weighted 80% of course), plus peer assessment (weighted 20% of course) (i.e. a member that receives a poor team skills assessment in well performing group may expect a final grade of: 85% {group mark} x ( 80% { group mark weighting}) + 0 % { TEAM skills assessment} x 20% {weighting} ) = 68 % {final grade} ). In special cases, a student with significant team skill assessment issues may be granted an IN. Students or groups who do not complete major components of the course at an acceptable standard will receive IN until such time as they turn in satisfactory work. In very rare circumstances, a TEAM project can receive Outstanding (90+%).

Evaluation in the course is based upon the satisfaction of your client, advisor and course instructor. You are evalauted as you would be in a real life job where you understand the expectations of your workplace and are expected to deliver accordingly. You will recieve continous feedback throughout the course from these resources.

Late reports will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructors.

Text And Course Notes: It is strongly recommended that you purchase the book "Project Management for Dummies" written by Stanley E. Portney, as it will be referred to throughout the course. All other information necessary to all projects can be found on the website and in the TEAM manual. We recommend several reference texts, which are available in the library. A list of these reference materials is attached. Certain materials may be placed on reserve, if needed.

Computer Resources: The Chemical Engineering/Engineering Chemistry Facility is located on the second floor of Dupuis Hall. Access to the Undergraduate Computing Facility will be secured with a i-button device.

If you encounter any hardware problems or difficulty with software configurations, contact Paul Hiles (ext: 77838) during regular business hours, or leave a message after hours. He is responsible for the upkeep of the Undergraduate Computing Facilities. Mr. Hiles will not provide assistance on the use of the software.

If you have not been included on the course e-mail list, notify us immediately with your address.

Food And Drink Are Prohibited In The Computing Facility. Please make use of the adjacent lounge areas.

Experimental Work

TEAM groups conducting experimental work must ensure that the following concerns are addressed prior to commencing any lab work.

  • Provide proof of WHMIS training for each team member to Kelly Sedore
  • Sign-off your agreement to conform with the department's safety regulations
  • Designate a "safety person" who will represent the team for all communications with the department safety committee
  • Provide Kelly Sedore (Chemical Technologist) and the course instructors with a set of S.O.P.'s (Standard Operating Procedures) for all aspects of your experimental work - including normal operation, emergency procedures, and clean up
  • Provide Kelly Sedore with MSDS sheets for all chemicals required for the project

Site Visits/Travel Arrangements

Please read CHEE400 Financial Brief for more information about arranging travel to visit your client

Also, please review Queen's Travel and Expenses Policy

Note: Prior to your 1st company visit, the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training requires all students to complete a "Field Trip Safety Agreement Form" and in some cases an "OCASP" form to ensure coverage in the event of an accident/injury during your on-site company visit.

The form must be completed with the required signatures prior to your first on-site company visit. See Ashwin Gupta or Elizabeth Agostino for forms. A copy of the form is to be sent to Ashwin Gupta.

Room Reservations, Conference Phone & Fax Services

If you require the use of a discussion room, you may use the following rooms:

  • The multimedia rooms (BMH 111, BMH116, BMH219 and BMH320) in the integrated learning centre and in Dupuis (DUP427 and DUP312) are available for confidential meetings that require access to the phones, teleconferences etc. You need to book these rooms.
  • The Chemical Engineering lecture rooms can be booked by speaking with Tanya in the Chem Eng Office.
  • Rooms in the ILC has student facilities available which can be booked from the following page. (
  • Fax # 613-533-2789

Team Reference Mini Library

The following reference books are available for TEAM use in the Dupuis computer cluster.

  • Process Design Principles
  • Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design
  • Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers
  • Chemical Process Equipment
  • Separation Process Principles
  • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
  • Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook (also available on CD)
  • Applied Process Design for Chemical or Petrochemical Plants, Volumes 1,2&3


Locker are available for each TEAM. Lockers can be signed out by the treasurer from Tanya Ligthart.

Reference Materials

Project Management for Dummies, 2nd ed; Portny, S.

Ontario Ministry of Labour, WHMIS: A Guide to the Legislation, May 1989, TNO.W004

Peters and Timmerhaus, Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers, 4th ed.

McGraw-Hill Inc., New York; 1991.

Thamhain, H. J., Engineering Program Management, Wiley, 1984

Woods, D.R. & Clark, R.H., Financial Decision Making and Cost Estimation, 1991.

Andrews, G. C., Canadian Professional Engineering Practice and Ethics, Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1999, 2nd Edition

Other Resources Include:

Statistics Canada: Market Research Handbook
Labour Force Activity
Annual Demographic Statistics
Canadian Petroleum Industry: 1992 monitoring report
R & D Outlook 1994
Petrochemicals, Industry Profile

Industry Canada: Chemicals and Plastics

Harvard MBA Field Studies Guide

Piccione, Joe, Canadian Chemical Buyer's Guide, Don Mills, ON; 1992.

Science Council of Canada, The Canadian Petrochemicals and Resins Sector, 1992.