Laboratory Projects I



David PoirierDupuis 210david.poirier@queensu.ca613-533-6000x79114


Saeed Rismani YazdiDupuis

Chemical Technologist

Kelly SedoreDupuis

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

The projects provide a practical introduction to processes that occur in chemical engineering operations. Bench-scale and pilot plant equipment are used. Students work in groups to plan and carry out the experiments. In the 1st project round, students work individually to analyze the data and prepare written reports. Students work as a group to analyze the data and prepare written reports in the 3 remaining project rounds.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

1. Demonstrate proficiency in operation and control of process and analytical equipment.
2. Demonstrate engineering judgment and an awareness of the nature and magnitude of physical and chemical effects and factors, as well as errors and uncertainties.
3. Collect and interpret data to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of current chemical engineering theory.
4. Write concise, coherent and grammatically correct lab reports that reflect critical analysis and synthesis. Deliver clear and organized formal oral presentations.
5. Demonstrate effective independent learning, initiative, originality and creativity in completion of pre-lab preparation and other tasks.
6. Work effectively as group member and demonstrate good leadership skills when team leader, adopting a professional approach during all project phases.
7. Document and follow appropriate safety protocols.

This course develops the following attributes at the 2nd year level (related specific course learning outcomes in parentheses):

Problem Analysis (CLO 2): Identifies known and unknown information, uncertainties and biases. Evaluates validity of results, risks, errors and uncertainties CHEE-PA-1.

Investigation (CLO 3, 7): Use and documents appropriate measurement techniques and tools to collect, organize and analyze data and information CHEE-INV-2; Synthesize information and data to reach substantiated conclusions CHEE-INV-3; Assess validity of conclusions withinlimitations of data and methodologies; describe nature and possible causes of uncertainty CHEEINV-4; Describe and demonstrate safety protocols in laboratory environment CHEE-INV-5.

Engineering Tools (CLO 1, 3, 7): Select and apply appropriate instrumentation/measurement techniques/models/simulations CHEE-TOO-1; Demonstrate appropriate and safe application and operation of engineering tools CHEE-TOO-2; Use appropriate statistical tools to analyze instrumentation or simulation errors and to assess appropriateness of results CHEE-TOO-3.

Communications (CLO 4): Deliver clear and organized written communication with accurate use of technical vocabulary, while demonstrating conciseness, precision and clarify of language in technical writing CHEE-COM-1; Create figures, tables and drawings to engineering report standards CHEE-COM-2.

Individual and team work (CLO 6): Contribute to team goal setting and participates equitably to all aspects of the group work CHEE-TEA-1; Elicits and applies positive and effective feedback from mentors and peers in technical, communications, and/or team issues CHEE-TEA-2.

Professionalism (CLO 6): 1 Demonstrate punctuality, timeliness, responsibility and appropriate communication etiquette CHEE-PRO-1; Provide accurate, comprehensive, objective technical opinions and recommendations CHEE-PRO-2.

Relevance to the Program

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.


Additional course content (for individuals not currently registered in the course) may be accessed on the Instructor's CHEE218 course website.