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. David A. Rockstraw, Ph. D., P. E.

4. Text book, title, author, and year

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: