Laboratory Projects III



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

Chemical Technologist

Brooke BelfallDupuis B9brooke.belfall@queensu.ca613-533-6679
Kelly SedoreDupuis B24kelly.sedore@queensu.ca613-533-6000x78384

Course Description

Students will work as teams to tackle projects that require bench and pilot plant equipment, and computer packages that simulate commercial processes. The projects will be more extensive and integrated than in previous laboratory courses (CHEE 218 & 315), and will require a thorough and comprehensive analysis of processes and operations. A strong emphasis is placed on project planning and management, as well as professional communication with supervisors. The design component of this course is found in the application of process analysis skills to solve problems. The projects require the students to apply critical and problem solving skills in the operation or simulation of laboratory and process equipment with the goal of solving a problem for a fictitious industrial client. The projects may involve analysis or troubleshooting of existing equipment, or an investigation of the applicability of a concept to a new area. (0/0/0/24/24)

PREREQUISITES:  CHEE 311, CHEE 321, CHEE 330, CHEE 315, CHEE 319, 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. TOO (a)
TOO (b)
TOO (c)
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 (b)
PA (f)
CLO3 Collect and interpret data to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of current chemical engineering theory. IN (b)
IN (c)
CLO4 Write concise, coherent and grammatically correct lab reports that reflect critical analysis and synthesis. Deliver clear and organized formal oral presentations. COM (a)
COM (b)
COM (c)
CLO5 Demonstrate effective independent learning, initiative, originality and creativity in completion of pre-lab preparation and other tasks. LL (b)
LL (c)
CLO6 Work effectively as group member and demonstrate good leadership skills when team leader, adopting a professional approach during all project phases. TW (a)
TW (e)
PR (c)
CLO7 Document and follow appropriate safety protocols. IN (d)
CLO8 Design appropriate experimental protocol to reach substantiated conclusions. IN (a)
IN (c)

This course develops the following attributes at the 4th year:
Problem Analysis (PA): (b) Compare approaches and select a process for solving complex engineering problems. (f) Evaluate and analyze solutions to complex engineering problems in order to draw conclusions.

Investigation (IN): (a) Design and conduct investigations to test hypotheses, related to complex problems. (b) Analyze data using appropriate techniques and tools. (c) Synthesize information from investigation, considering sources of uncertainty and limitations to reach substantiated conclusions. (d) Adhere to appropriate workplace safety protocols in all work environments.

Engineering Tools (TOO): (a) Develop, adapt and/or extend appropriate software, equipment, models, and simulations for a range of engineering activities. (b) Apply and manage appropriate techniques, apparatus, databases, models, tools, and/or processes to accomplish a task. (c) Evaluate limitations and errors of instrumentation/measurement techniques/models/ simulations to assess appropriateness of the results

Individual and team work (TW): (a) Complete fair share of work, demonstrate commitment, and meet deadlines. (e) Share ideas and information by eliciting, giving and applying positive and effective feedback.

Communications (CO): (a) Produce clear, concise, precise and well-organized written communication with language appropriate for the audience. (b)  Deliver formal and informal oral presentations with suitable language, content, style, timing and flow, while adapting format, content and tone to audience and purpose. (c) Create figures, maps, tables and drawings to engineering report standards.

Professionalism (PR): (c) Demonstrate professional conduct and integrity.

Life-long learning (LL): (b) Independently acquire new knowledge and skills for ongoing personal and professional development. (c) 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 engineering science knowledge gained from 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, professionalism and an appreciation for the need of life-long learning to become and remain effective engineers.

Course Structure and Activities

There are no regularly scheduled lectures for this course. Mandatory course orientation and safety lectures are given during the 1st week of term. Students are asked to provide a preference of team members and a project preference list. Based on these lists, lab teams of 2 or 3 students are formed and projects assigned before the end of the first week of classes. All attempts are made to meet the preferences of the students, however, a final decision will be made by the Laboratory Coordinator. Teams are expected to function independently during all phases of their projects, but are permitted to consult with their Project Supervisor 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.

In teams of two or three, students complete two major lab projects. The laboratory projects involve completion of the following main tasks:

  • Preliminary background research based on the project description provided on the course onQ (D2L) website.
  • Initial meeting with Project Supervisor to clarify project objectives.
  • Preparation, submission and oral presentation of project proposal to Supervisor
  • Experimental Work
  • Formal Report - Preparation & Submission
  • Final Oral Presentation


No textbook required

The main information resource for CHEE 420 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.

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