Chemical Fundamentals of Engineering

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemical Fundamentals of Engineering

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Chemical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Chemical Fundamentals of Engineering (280 - 15080)
    Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering
    Semester 2/Spring Semester
    1st Year Course/Lower Division

    Please note: this course is cross-listed under the majority of engineering departments. Students should select the course from the department that best fits their area of study.

    Competences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

    To understand the basic principles of Chemistry: structure and properties of matter, thermochemistry and chemical equilibrium.
    To understand the basic principles of Chemical Engineering: mass balances, chemical equilibrium and reaction rates.
    To introduce the main inorganic and organic products and their production processes.
    To explain the reactivity of the main inorganic and organic functional groups as well as their application in industrial synthesis.
    To enable students to operate simple analytical equipment, to analyse and interpret their results
    General skills encouraged during the duration of the course:
    -Ability to solve complex problems
    -Ability to search for, understand and use relevant information in a decision-making process
    -Ability to apply multidisciplinary knowledge for resolving a specific problem
    -Ability to work in a group and distribute the workload in order to solve complex problems
    General skills acquired by the student:
    - Ability to obtain the necessary information, knowledge or understanding in order to develop solutions for specific applications

    Description of Contents/Course Description:

    Atoms, Molecules and Ions. Chemical bonding.
    Thermochemistry and chemical equilibrium.
    Chemical Equilibrium: Acid-Base and solubility equilibriums. Electrochemistry.
    Chemical Kinetics
    Applied Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
    Basic operations in Chemical Engineering

    Learning Activities and Methodology:

    Master classes, tutorial classes in small groups dedicated to resolving student questions and doubts, student presentations, individual tutorials, and individual work by the students; activities dedicated to acquisition of theoretical knowledge related to the lecture course (3 ECTS credits)
    Laboratory practical sessions and classes in small groups dedicated to solving question sheets, individual tutorials and individual work by the student; activities dedicated to acquisition of practical skills related to the lecture course (3 ECTS credits)

    Assessment System:

    - Continuous evaluation (minimum 40 %):
    Continuous evaluation will be based on class attendance and assessed tests performed in class (minimum 30%) and attendance to practical sessions and assessed practical work paper (10%),
    Final exam (60%).
    Laboratory practices are mandatory for being assessed.

    Basic Bibliography:

    A. VIAN ORTUÑO. Introducción a la Química Industrial. Reverté..
    G. CALLEJA, F. GARCIA, A. DE LUCAS, D. PRATS, J.M. RODRIGUEZ. Introducción a la Ingeniería Químic. Síntesis..
    J. COSTA, S. CERVERA, F. CUNILL, S. ESPLUGAS, C. TEIXIDO, J. MATA. Curso de Ingeniería Química. Reverté..
    K. HEINZ BÜCHNER, HANS-HEINRICH MORETTO, P. WODITSCH,. Industrial Inorganic Chemistry. Wiley-VCH; 2000..
    K. WEISSERMEL, HANS-JÜRGEN ARPE,. Industrial Organic Chemistry. 4th Edition, Wiley & Sons; 1997..
    P.W. ATKINS, L. JONES. Chemical Principles. W.H. Freeman & Co. 2001
    R. CHANG.. Chemistry,. McGraw-Hill Science, 2006..
    R.T. MORRISON, R.N. BOYRD. Química Orgánica. Addison-Wesley Iberoamericana.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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