2021 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Unit Operation)

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Waki Keiko 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course introduces unit operations used in reaction and separation processes in standard chemical processing plants.
[Aim of the course] The aim of this course is to acquire basic knowledge about unit operations which is essential for understanding how chemical processes are structured, designed, and operated. For students at the other graduate majors, this course provides an opportunity to learn about the field of Chemical Engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this course, the students will be able to :
1) understand reaction engineering and solve basic problems related to it.
2) understand separation engineering and acquire basic knowledge about the unit operations such as distillation.


Chemical engineering, Unit operation, Reaction engineering, Separation engineering, Distillation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Exercises will be given in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of chemical engineering:reviews of some basic principles and roles of chemical engineering for industry Understanding the role of chemical engineering and its basic concepts
Class 2 Fundamentals of reaction engineering(1): reaction stoichiometry and reaction rate Understanding reaction stoichiometry and reaction rate.
Class 3 Fundamentals of reaction engineering(2): homogeneous reaction system and its equipment Understanding homogeneous reaction system and its equipment
Class 4 Fundamentals of reaction engineering(3): heterogeneous reaction system and its equipment Understanding heterogeneous reaction system and its equipments
Class 5 Equilibrium separation (1): Phase equilibrium Understanding the phase equilibrium and its application for separation
Class 6 Equilibrium separation (2): Distillation Understanding distillation processes
Class 7 summary and practical work solving problems

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 60 minutes preparing for class and another 60 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

the content will be given in the lecture

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be accessed on their understanding of the lecture by exercises in each class (50%) and final exam (practical work)(50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I407 : Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Basics)
  • CAP.C421 : Advanced Energy Transfer Operation
  • CAP.C441 : Transport Phenomena and Operation
  • CAP.I537 : Systematic Material Design Methodology

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