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POLYTECHNIC UINVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Course Title:
Course Code: CHE 2010
Classification: Required Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Pre-requisite(s): SCIE
Schedule: Two two-hour sessions per
Co-requisite(s): SCIE 1230
1220
week
Course description:
Importance of the chemical engineering profession and its contribution to society. A study of
engineering graphics applied to chemical engineering. Introduction to the fundamental steps in
design and three methods of analysis: mathematical modeling, graphical methods, and dimensional
analysis. In addition, students are familiarized with the application of engineering skills, such as
verifying and simplifying calculations through assumptions and approximations, appropriate use of
conversion factors, significant figures, spreadsheets, graphing, and data maps. Students learn
engineering skills by working on the conceptual design and analyzing chemical processes and process
units in order to assess product quality, economics, safety, and environmental impact. The lectures
will be complemented with four workshops in engineering graphics and math software.
Textbook:
Denn, Morton M. (2011), Chemical Engineering: An Introduction (Cambridge Series in Chemical
Engineering), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 1107669375, ISBN-13: 9781107669376
References:
1. Besterfield, Dale H, and OHagan, Robert E. (1998), Technical Sketching with an
Introduction to CAD: For Engineers, Technologists and Technicians, 3rd Ed., Prentice
Hall.
2. Bethune, James D. (2007), Engineering Graphics with Auto CAD 2007, Prentice Hall.
3. Madsen, David, et. al. (2002), Engineering Drawing and Design, 3rd Ed., Delmar
Thompson Learning.
4. Giesecke, F. E., et al. (2001), Modern Graphics Communication, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall.
5. T. Michael Duncan, Jeffrey A. Reimer, Arvind Varma (1998), Chemical Engineering Design
and Analysis: An Introduction (Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering), Cambridge
University Press, ISBN 0-5216-3956-5
6. Eide, A. R., Jennison, R. D., Mashaw, L. H., Northup, L. L. (2001), Introduction to Engineering
Design, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-0724-0221-0
7. Beakley, G. C., Evans, D. L., Bertrand, J. (1982), Engineering: An Introduction to a
Creative Profession, 4th Ed., Macmillan Publishing Company, 0-0230-7130-3
8. Wright, P. H. (2002), Introduction to Engineering, 3rd Ed., John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0-47105920-X
Contribution to professional component: Engineering Science: 2 credit hours Engineering Design: 1
credit hour
General course objectives:
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
1. Understand the role of Chemical Engineering in industry and commerce as well as its impact
on society
2. Show progress in the development of creative and imaginative skills required to integrate pure
science and mathematical concepts for the solution of Chemical Engineering design problems
3. Demonstrate ability to work in teams
4. Communicate effectively in written and oral forms, using modern presentation and
computational tools
Relationship to Program Outcomes:
a. An ability to apply mathematics, science, and engineering knowledge in the solution of
Chemical Engineering problems. (high)
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, to collect, analyze, and interpret experimental
data. (none)
c. Proficiency to analyze and design chemical systems, components or processes to meet desired
needs. (moderate)
d. An ability to function in multidisciplinary teams and interrelate with professionals of other

disciplines. (none)
e. Skills to identify, formulate, and solve problems in Chemical Engineering. (moderate)
f. An understanding of the demands of responsible professional practice and related ethical
principles. (moderate)
g. An ability to effectively communicate orally, in writing, and graphically. (high)
h. An ability to assess the impact that different design alternatives could have on society.
(moderate)
i. An ability to learn independently and the motivation to engage in continuing education
activities. (low)
j. Knowledge of contemporary issues related to the Chemical Engineering practice. (high)
k. An ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for Chemical
Engineering practice. (low)
Class Schedule
Session
Topic
1
Course Introduction. Project Subject and Teams Selection. Techniques for Project
Development and Written and Oral Reports. Strategies in the Use of Audiovisual Aids
2
An Overview of Chemical Engineering
Possible Field Trip to Plant with Significant Chemical Engineering Operations
3
Introduction to graphics and drawing instruments. Measurement, lettering, multi-view
drawing and auxiliary views
4
Multi-view drawing and auxiliary view application. Orthographic projection
5
Principles of Axonometric Projection, Isometric Sketching Techniques, free hand
drawing skills and as build technique
6
Sectional Views and Auxiliary Views
7
Dimensioning and Tolerance
Use of Auto CAD (three 3-hour special workshops)*
8
First Partial Exam
9-11
General Chemistry Overview: Nomenclature, Units of measure, Concentration Units
and Stoichiometry. Use of math software (one 3-hour special workshop)*
12-14
An Introduction to Process Design
15 - 16
Models Derived from Laws and Mathematical Analysis
17
Second Partial Exam
18-19
Graphical Analysis
20
Dimensional Analysis and Dynamic Scaling
21
Transient Processes
22 - 23
Project Presentations
24
Final Exam
Workshops are performed at hours different from class hours.
*
Attendance to workshops is mandatory
The evaluation curve will be as follows:
Evaluation Criteria:
From 90% to 100
A
Two Partial Exams
45%
From 80% to 89%
B
Final Exam
25%
From 70% to 79%
C
Assignments and Oral Presentations15%
From 60% to 69%
D
Project
15%
Less than 60%
F
The decision of a group or individual project
Office Hours: The professor will offer special office
is up to the professor. In the case of a group
hours by appointment to those students whose other
project, the professor will choose the
courses classes or job coincide with the professors
members of the team.
regular office hours.
Prepared by: Prof. Jos R. Rodrguez
Latest Revision and Update by: ChEDOAC
Perazza, P.E.
Date: May 2012
Date: May 2005
CLASSROOM INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES
Reasonable Accommodation
A student with a disability must file a request for course accommodation at the beginning of each

trimester or as soon as the need arises. Visit the Guidance and Counseling Office to follow the
established institutional procedures for petitioning reasonable accommodation. The start-date for
providing reasonable accommodation shall be when the student submits notification to the instructor;
this does not apply retroactively as established by law. For more information, go to:
www.pupr.edu/spi.
Academic Honesty, Fraud and Plagiarism
Acts of dishonesty, fraud and plagiarism, and other inappropriate behaviors regarding academic work
are major infractions sanctioned by the Student Regulations. Major infractions, as stipulated in the
Student Regulations, may result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
Using Electronic Devices
All cell phones and other electronic devices must be deactivated before entering class to guarantee
excellence in the teaching and learning environment. Urgent situations should be addressed, as
appropriate. The University bans the operation of electronic devices that provide access, storage or
data transfer during assessments or examinations.
Syllabus-Introduction to Chemical Engineering- CHE 2010: Copyright PUPR