Laboratory Projects I



Ying ZhangDupuis 210ying.zhang@queensu.ca613-533-6000x79114


Olga Torres

Chemical Technologist

Kelly SedoreDupuis B24kelly.sedore@queensu.ca613-533-6000x78384
Josh ZacksDupuis B9jmbz@queensu.ca613-533-6679

Course Description

The projects provide a practical introduction to processes that occur in chemical engineering operations.  Bench-scale and pilot plant equipment are used.  Students plan and carry out the experiments, analyze the data and prepare written reports (0/0/0/30/0)

Prerequisites APSC 100, CHEE 209, or permission of the department.

Objectives and Outcomes

Specific course learning outcomes include:

CLO1 Demonstrate proficiency in operation and control of process and analytical equipment. ET-Create
CLO2 Demonstrate engineering judgment and an awareness of the nature and magnitude of physical and chemical effects and factors, as well as errors and uncertainties. PA- Formulate
CLO3 Collect and interpret data to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of current chemical engineering theory. IN-Conduct
CLO4 Write concise, coherent and grammatically correct lab reports that reflect critical analysis and synthesis. Deliver clear and organized oral presentations. CO-Written
CLO5 Demonstrate effective independent learning, initiative, originality and creativity in completion of pre-lab preparation and other tasks. LL-Information
CLO6 Work effectively as group member and demonstrate good leadership skills when team leader, adopting a professional approach during all project phases. TW-Contribution
CLO7 Document and follow appropriate safety protocols. IN-Safety

This course develops the following program attributes at the 2nd year level:

Problem Analysis (PA):

  • PA-Formulate Develop appropriate frameworks for solving complex engineering problems.
  • PA-Evaluate Analyze solutions to complex engineering problems to draw conclusions.

Investigation (IN):

  • IN-Conduct Conduct investigations to test hypotheses related to complex problems
  • IN-Analyze Analyze and interpret data using appropriate techniques and tools
  • IN-Synthesis Synthesize information from investigations, considering sources of uncertainty and limitations to reach substantiated conclusions.
  • IN-Safety Adhere to appropriate workplace safety protocols in all work environments.

Engineering Tools (ET):

  • ET-Create Develop, adapt and/or extend appropriate software, equipment, models, and simulations for a range of engineering activities.
  • ET-Apply Apply and manage appropriate techniques, apparatus, databases, models, tools, and/or processes to accomplish a task.
  • ET-Limitations Evaluate limitations and errors of instrumentation/measurement techniques/models/ simulations to assess appropriateness of the results.

Individual and team work (TW):

  • TW-Contribution Take initiative to plan, organize and complete tasks, as an individual and team member, in order to meet goals
  • TW-Feedback Share ideas and information by eliciting, giving and applying positive and effective feedback.

Communications (CO):

  • CO-Written Produce clear, concise, precise and well-organized written communication with language appropriate for the audience.
  • CO-Oral Deliver informal oral presentations with suitable language, content, style, timing and flow, while adapting format, content and tone to audience and purpose.

Professionalism (PR):

  • PR-Interpersonal Demonstrate professional conduct and integrity.

Life-long learning (LL):

  • LL-Information Identify, organize, and critically evaluate information from an appropriate range of sources, to meet learning needs.

Relevance to the Program

This course provides opportunities for students to apply much of the engineering science knowledge gained from most of their previous and current core courses, and to exercise and develop engineering judgment, in the operation and analysis of real chemical engineering processes. The structure of the course requires students to approach their lab project work like practicing engineers, hence contributing to the development of communication skills and professionalism they will need to become effective engineers.

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. There are mandatory course orientation and safety lectures during the 1st week of term. After the orientation lectures, teams consisting of 3 or 4 students are assigned by the course instructor. These teams remain together for the term and perform 4 of the available engineering lab experiments.

Teams are expected to function independently during all phases of their projects, but are permitted to consult with their Project Supervisor (TA) if they have difficulties related to technical aspects of their project, or with one of the Chemical Engineering Technologists if they have apparatus-related issues.

The Course Instructor is available to consult with on matters related to evaluation disputes, team dynamics, deadline extensions and penalties, clarification of course polices, etc.

The term is divided evenly into 4 project periods/rounds. A team leader is designated by the group for each project (everyone must serve as team leader at least once).

All laboratory projects involve completion of the following main tasks:

  • Laboratory project preparation/research and booking of lab time
  • An oral presentation of project objectives and plans for procedures and analysis to the Project Supervisor (TA)
  • Laboratory/experimental work
  • Formal technical report preparation & submission
  • All Students individually submit a peer evaluation.


The preparation and experimental aspects of the project will be completed as a team in all four project rounds. However, individual reports will be submitted by each group member for the 1st project round. Submission of an individual report will allow each team member to demonstrate their individual written communication skills. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th project rounds each require the submission of a single group-prepared report.


No textbook required

The main information resource for CHEE 218 is the course onQ (D2L) website. Information related to deliverable expectations, evaluation rubrics, safety, schedules, project information, etc. can all be found in content modules on the course onQ website.

Additional course information, for individuals not currently registered in the course, may be accessed on the Instructor's course website.