Engineering Chemistry Laboratory



Ying ZhangDUP 210ying.zhang@queensu.ca613-533-6000 x 79114


Carolina Ordonez

Chemical Technologist

Josh ZacksDupuis
Kelly SedoreDupuis

Course Description

Bench- and pilot-scale laboratory exercises provide students practical experience with chemical operations involving transport phenomena, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and process control. Working with minimal supervision, student teams plan and execute experiments, analyze acquired data according to engineering science models, and communicate key findings in concise technical reports.

Prerequisite CHEE 330.

(0/0/0/48/0) (Mathematics/Natural Sciences/Complementary Studies/Engineering Science/Engineering Design)

Objectives and Outcomes

CLO1 Demonstrate proficiency in operation and control of process and analytical equipment.


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.


CLO4 Demonstrate effective independent learning, initiative, originality and creativity in completion of pre-lab preparation and other tasks. LL-Information
CLO5 Work effectively as group member and demonstrate good leadership skills when team leader, adopting a professional approach during all project phases.


CLO6 Document and follow appropriate safety protocols. IN-Safety

This course develops the following attributes at the 4th 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 teamwork (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.

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 students the practical experience they need to deepen their understanding of chemical thermodynamics, reaction engineering, process control, and transport phenomena.   Comparing the performance of real unit operations to engineering science models will improve students’ understanding of the strengths and limitations of their technical knowledge. Direct intervention by course instructors is minimized to encourage student teams to develop independent engineering judgement, and to illustrate the importance of lifelong learning.

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. There are mandatory course orientation and safety presentations during the 1st week of term. After completing the course orientation quiz, teams consisting of 3 or 4 students are assigned by the course instructor. These teams remain together for the term and perform 5 of the available engineering lab experiments. 

Teams are expected to function independently during all project phases but are encouraged to consult their Project Supervisor (TA) regarding technical challenges, and with Chemical Engineering Technologists regarding apparatus-related issues. The Course Instructor can be consulted on matters related to assessment, team dynamics, deadline extensions / penalties, course polices, etc.

 All laboratory projects involve completion of the following main tasks:

  • Laboratory preparation and individual completion of an online pre-lab quiz
  • Group execution of experimental work and data acquisition
  • Individual data analysis and reporting

Expectations for pre-lab/lab work/final deliverables

Pre-lab preparation and individual completion of a pre-lab quiz will be done for each lab project. Experimental work will be completed as a group. Completion of the laboratory assignment report template will be done individually for all lab projects.


Required Textbook

  • No textbook required

The main information resource for CHEE 415 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.

Other technical information related to lab projects can be found in published scientific literature and materials on reserve at Queen’s Stauffer Library. 

Required Hardware/Software

Students must have a reliable internet connection and hardware that are compatible with online learning requirements.