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Last approved: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:56:00 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:56:00 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

Chemical Engineering
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Chemical Engineering
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Chemical Engineering

Term for Proposal

Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Chemical Engineering (CH_ENG)
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Laboratory I - Writing Intensive
Laboratory study of some principal unit operations of chemical engineering.
Lecture/Standard with Laboratory
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
CH_ENG 2226 and CH_ENG 3235.

Instructor Information

Chemical Engineering
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Tenured Professor
W2009 Lafferre Hall

Dean of Engineering
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NTT Assistant Professor
2011 Lafferre
No, instructor has never attended

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This is a core Chemical Engineering (ChE) course within the ChE undergraduate BS sequence. There is a course instructor change from Dr. Sheila Baker to Dr. Patrick Pinhero, Dr. John Tatarko, and Dr. Mary Myers. In this course, students will complete hands-on engineering laboratories in groups. They will then provide written and oral laboratory reports. Some reports will be done as a group and some will be done individually. They will also be required to write a proposal to suggest a new experiment that could be taught in this course and defend their choice. The peer reviews will be reviewed by the instructor for completeness.
Due to the number of students and space constraints, I have eliminated oral presentations.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

Pre-laboratory and laboratory reports
The writing assignments consist of pre-laboratory drafts and regular laboratory full reports which will consist of a final draft that will be graded by the instructors and edited for a rewrite and final report submission. The students compose laboratory reports to effectively communicate results they have obtained from experiments they perform. There are typically 5 written reports, and 1 oral report, and 1 proposal each semester. The oral report is completed in groups. Some (3) of the written reports are done in groups and some (2) individually. For the group reports, each group member will be assigned a section of the report for which they are responsible. Students will be required to turn in a first draft and a final draft of the report. The drafts/reports are typically 5-10 pages in length. Given their nature, the group laboratory reports have a peer-review built into them as the group is responsible for compiling the sections into one sensible document with a nice flow. However, I the professor for the course, will evaluate the drafts and provide specific feedback. I will also grade the final reports to ensure consistency. [The 2 individual lab reports, 5-10 pages each, are also revised based on the instructor's feedback].
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Instructor (PJ Pinhero)
Instructor (PJ Pinhero)

Experiment proposal
Each student will also be responsible for turning in an individual proposal for a future experiment for the laboratory. For the proposal, the students will turn in a short paragraph 2-3 sentences on what idea they are thinking of proposing. A couple weeks after, they will turn in a longer draft of the idea and give a quick 5-10 minute in-class presentation where students may offer suggestions to strengthen his/her proposal. They will then turn in a final draft of their proposal at the end of the semester. Additionally, the instructor will provide examples of well and not so well written abstracts, introductions, results and discussion,etc. from the scientific literature and discuss with student input what components make it a strong/weak piece. [The oral report involves an estimated 11 pages of preparation materials and power points not included in the page-counts below).
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Peer review
In one assignment, each student will be required to write a proposal for an experiment to cover an engineering concept not currently covered in the laboratory. The students will have to explain, evaluate, and defend their choice. There are, of course, many experiments that the students could potentially choose and many interpretations as to why that particular experiment would be important to have in class. Further, in the laboratory reports, sometimes there is more than one interpretation of why the results may not match what is expected theoretically. The students will have to evaluate why experimental results do not always align with theoretical predictions in their reports.
Each student will act as 'chief engineer' at least twice during each semester. As such, he/she will be responsible for presenting both the pre-lab methodology and final report. It is not uncommon for these written reports to be greater than 25 pages.
The lab TAs will assist in instruction, not grading or writing intensive (WI) activities.

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Additional Comments

Instructor (Tatarko), will attend the next-scheduled writing seminar for instructors of WI courses.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:52:58 GMT): I have added CH_ENG 3243W, 01 and labs 01A-01F to the Spring 2017 Schedule of classes and cancelled the regular sections of CH_ENG 3243, 01 and labs. The students who were enrolled in CH_ENG 3243, 01 have been moved to the new CH_ENG 3243W sections.
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