CHME 101. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations


1. Course number and name

CHME 101. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations

2. Credits and contact hours

2 credit hours = 30 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Dr. Catherine Brewer

4. Text book, title, author, and year

  • Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition by Richard M. Felder, Ronald W. Rousseau, Lisa G. Bullard; Wiley, July 2015, ©2016
  • MATLAB Numerical Methods with Chemical Engineering Applications, by: Kamal I. M. Al-Malah, Ph.D.; McGraw-Hill Education, 2014 (free online in the eLibrary at for AICHE members).

a. other supplemental materials

5. Specific course information

a. catalog description: Introduction to the discipline of chemical engineering, including: an overview of the curriculum; career opportunities; units and conversions; process variables; basic data treatments; and computing techniques including computer programming and use of spreadsheets.

b. prerequisites: none co-requisites: MATH 190

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): Required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  • describe career opportunities available to holders of a BSCHE from NMSU
  • find and use learning and advising resources with CHME and Engineering
  • create a course registration plan for future semesters that meets the degree and prerequisite requirements for the BSCHE in the most timely manner;
  • convert chemical engineering units both by hand and using computer software
    • convert between mixture mass and mole fractions
    • convert between absolute and relative pressure and temperature scales
  • identify and describe the measurement of process variables
  • apply the concept of significant figures to numerical answers
  • perform a regression of data to a mathematical model
  • numerically solve systems of linear algebraic equations by multiple methods
  • validate calculated results
  • perform calculations in MATLAB and Excel
    • use IF statements in MATLAB
    • use built-in functions in Excel
    • use flow-of-control operations (such as WHILE and FOR statements) in MATLAB
  • generate 2-D plots of data and functions in MATLAB and Excel
  • perform input/output data treatments in MATLAB

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • Career opportunities in Chemical Engineering
  • Units and conversions
  • process variables
  • data regression
  • numerical calculations

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: