CHEE 270




Paul HunglerDupuis



Course Description

This course combines elements of chemical and electrical engineering to measure, calculate and control electrical signals. The course introduces basic electrical circuit analysis theory with an emphasis on concepts utilized in analytical chemistry instrumentation and energy conversion and storage. An introduction to signal analysis, data acquisition, sampling and quantization, as well as the fundamental statistical techniques necessary to process and analyze measured data with uncertainty is given. Course content is delivered via a blended offering with on-line instruction and active learning sessions.

Prerequisites: APSC 143 (Computer Programming for Engineers), APSC 112 (Physics II)

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to acquire fundamental knowledge and understanding of energy storage and conversion and electrical signal analysis. The concepts are applied during active learning sessions, which focus on their application in analytical chemistry instrumentation and other areas of engineering chemistry. By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • CLO 1:   Identify and analyze electrical circuits utilized in analytical chemistry instrumentation.
  • CLO 2:   Compare electrical power designs related to energy conversion and storage.
  • CLO 3:   Acquire and analyze analog and digital signals.
  • CLO 4:   Select and utilize transducers for temperature, pressure, flow, position, velocity and acceleration measurements.
  • CLO 5:   Calculate uncertainty from measured data sets.
  • CLO 6:   Apply statistical methods to single and derived data sets.  
  • CLO 7:   Design an experimental procedure and analytical instrument to obtain data required to solve a given problem.

This course assesses the following attributes:

  • CHEE-KB-CHEM-2 Utilizes knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering, including electrokinetic phenomena, to analyze and design electrochemical systems and processes. [CLO 1,2,7]
  • CHEE-IN-1 Designs and/or plans experimental investigations to apply and test working or research hypothesis. [CLO 7]
  • CHEE-IN-4 Assesses validity of conclusions within limitations of data and methodologies; describes nature and possible causes of uncertainty. [CLO 3,5,6]
  • CHEE-TOO-1 Selects and applies appropriate instrumentation and measurement techniques. [CLO 3,4,7]

Relevance to the Program

This engineering science course combines elements of chemical and electrical engineering to measure, calculate and control electrical signals. It covers the essentials required to understand energy conversion and storage which is needed for CHEE 461 Electrochemical Engineering. The data acquired during the ALSs is analyzed using a variety of statistical techniques required for lab courses thought the program. The ability to acquire and process signals using a micro-controller and a variety of transducers increases the student’s tool kit for APSC 200 and other senior design courses.

Course Structure and Activities

This course represents a study period of one semester spanning 12 consecutive weeks. Each week will consist of 4 contact hours. The first hour of the week will be a lecture followed by 3 hour active learning session/lab. Learners can expect to invest on average 2 hours per week online, 1 hour per week in lecture, 3 hours per week in Active Learning Sessions (ALS), and 3 hours of independent and group study.


Required Textbook:

Required Calculator:

  • A Casio 991 is required. ONLY this type of non-programmable, non-communicating calculator will be allowed during tests and exams.

Other Material

The following references are recommended as supplementary sources:

  • Harvey, D. (2016). Analytical Chemistry 2.0. Chemistry LibreTexts. Open Text book available through eCampus Ontario
  • Johnson, D. (2014). Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I. OpenStax-CNX. Open Text book available through eCampus Ontario

All other course material is accessible via OnQ.