June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Ideas to Consider for Chemical Engineering Educators Teaching a New “Old” Course: Freshman and Sophomore Level Courses Abstract
So, you are going to teach a core chemical engineering course next term that you have not taught before. It’s time to come up with some new ideas to revolutionize that core course in ways that will amaze students and maximize learning, right? Or perhaps the maxim about “an hour in the library is worth a month in the laboratory” might be meaningful in the context of teaching. This paper summarizes the authors’ selection of the most effective, innovative approaches reported recently in the literature or discussed at previous conferences for lower-division core courses in chemical engineering, as presented at the 2007 ASEE Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty. The challenges associated with particular courses and solutions successfully applied to address those challenges will also be described. Courses covered in this paper include introductory courses for freshmen, material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, introductory thermodynamics, and separations.
Objectives and Motivation
Although teaching is a critical mission of any college or university, today’s faculty members are increasingly becoming involved in other scholarly activities. Thus, when teaching a new course, developing a good set of instructional materials can be a challenging, time-consuming task. In this paper we provide a review of some of what we consider the best practices in engineering education, applied to the following courses: freshmen chemical engineering, material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, introductory thermodynamics, and separations. Note that a companion paper which covers the upper-level undergraduate classes in the chemical engineering curriculum is planned for the following year.
The format used for each course is: • Brief description of typical course content • Discussion about novel and successful methods used • Listing of “toughest concepts” for the students (and how to address them)
We note that most of this material was originally presented by the authors at the 2007 ASEE Chemical Engineering Division Summer School in Pullman, WA1.
Freshman Chemical Engineering Courses
Depending on the school, this course is either a “stand-alone” introduction to chemical engineering or is part of a college-wide introductory course (with a portion devoted to chemical engineering). Ironically, many chemical engineering educators may never have taken this course.
Keith, J., & Silverstein, D., & Visco, D. (2008, June), Ideas To Consider For New Chemical Engineering Educators: Freshman And Sophomore Level Courses Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3702
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