CHME Annual Assessment Meeting 2017

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Date(s) - Tue 08/15/17
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JH 274 - CHME Conference Room



    E. Process for Review of the Program Educational Objectives

  4. Discuss mapping of outcomes to courses (Criteria 5.A.3) and use in common syllabus. Cover these in each CHME class in the map.
  5. Discuss follow-up needs from 2016-2017 AY Course Assessment Records.
  6. Please provide updates to posted in-progress Undergraduate Research Projects and define new projects for fall 2017. (Brewer, 3; Luo, 1; Rockstraw, 1)
  7. Report on the use of the Simulation Solutions, Inc. distillation simulation computer program in the spring 2017 CHME Process Control laboratory course (Dan Gulino 06/27/2017). 
    • The program vendor, Simulation Solutions, Inc., provides a lengthy and detailed student instruction booklet with problems to be worked out and containing worksheets that cover all aspects of the simulated distillation, which is the separation of pentane from hexane.  Every aspect of the distillation process, including start-up, operation, shut-down, upset analysis, error analysis, troubleshooting, and optimization, are covered.  In the operation of CHME 424L, Process Control Laboratory, these aspects of the simulation and the accompanying assignments and worksheets were assigned to the students, who worked individually, as their graded work for the term.  Very little guidance on the part of the instructor was provided except for how to load and start the program.  This was deliberate as much of the learning of the operation of the simulation takes place when students explore the various of the aspects of the program on their own. This approach appeared to work very well as the students generally did well on the assignments, and few problems arose.
    • For future offerings of 424L, the expectation is that the simulation software will be used in the same way and will accompany in-lab process control experiments.
  8. Use of Panopto/Canvas in CHME courses
  9. Assessment Events 2017-2018
  10. Grad Core curriculum change proposal
    • Description: It is proposed to add CHME 548. Industrial Safety (3 cr hr) and to the graduate CHME catalog and core curriculum and reducing the elective content in both the MS and Ph D paths by 3 credit hours, only applicable to those students not having prior credit for CHME 448.CHME 548 will taught in conjunction with CHME 448, however those taking 548 will be required to (i) complete the required CHME safety training for laboratory workers, (ii) attend departmental safety meetings, (iii) complete projects beyond CHME 448, to include developing an ESP for a CoE graduate research project.
    • Justification: CoE Safety Specialist Juanita Miller reports graduate students having difficulty developing ESPs due to a lack of safety background of many of the incoming CHME grad students. Dictating an elective in Industrial Safety aligns with the CHME Graduate Program Objective 4, “apply professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession,” where a knowledge of industrial safety is one of the most significant professional responsibilities of a chemical engineer.