Enhancing core chemical engineering courses with computationally-intense course modules

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This paper presents two new course modules that have been developed for junior-level Chemical Engineering core courses: Chemical Reaction Engineering and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II. As currently offered at Rowan University, both of these courses integrate simulation and computer lab activities in which students devise models of key physical systems, and then interrogate the models to study cause-and-effect in these physical systems. These computer labs are an integral part of both courses, but the scope (one 160-minute period) limits the complexity of the models that can be used, if the students are required to build the model themselves. In the course modules described here, students will study two physical systems that are significant in chemical engineering by making use of more complex models that have already been built. The modules were developed during the 2016/2017 academic year and are being implemented in classes for the first time during the Spring 2018 semester. Assessment results are therefore not available at time of writing but will be presented at the conference in June 2018.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 23 2018
Event125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2018Dec 27 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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