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UEC Charge 2009/10

[Radke (chair), Bell, Tullman-Ercek]

J. Reimer charge, November 18, 2009

1. Oversee and improve curriculum 2. Implement and oversee ongoing ABET/USLI evaluation process 3. As part of ABET process, review ChE 141 4. Evaluate implementation of amalgamated 154 laboratory 5. Study how to reduce enrollment numbers 6. Follow 160 ethics task force

faculty retreat, Aug 21, 2010

Comment 1: CoC Bulletin

· The campus no longer prints the CoC bulletin. (the printing office was disbanded) · The college must bear the cost of updating and printing the bulletin. The Dean no longer wishes to provide copies to students (and to faculty). All information will in the future be online. · This year, bulletins have been provided to faculty. · Resources to update and maintain the bulletin online are in question.

Comment 2: Eng 190

· Starting F 2010, all stand alone CoE writing and ethics courses are canceled. · After contacting all engineering departments and extensive discussion with ME, there are no resource savings by offering a joint writing course. · Eng 190 has been eliminated from the ChE curriculum. Currently, the only formal writing experience is in ChE 154. · ChE 141, 142, and 150B have been raised to 4 su and campus approved. · Are there other ways to improve students' writing skills?

Comment 3: ChE 142

· ChE 142 has been moved to fall semester with ChE 150B as a concurrent prerequisite · Instructors for ChE 154, 160, and 162 should enforce prerequistes

Comment 4: Biol 1A

· There is a problem of students putting off Biol 1A until their last semester and then doing poorly. Students are petitioning to take Biol 1A P/NP. Does the faculty wish this? · Faculty continues to support a graded Bio1 A requirement Bio 1A should be moved down in the representative program · Advisers should encourage students to take Biol 1A earlier in the curriculum

Comment 5: Eng 7

· ChE is the only engineering department to allow any programming language. CoE demands Matlab · Eng 7 is no longer a prerequisite for ChE 140 · Faculty endorses Matlab for transfer programming course

Comment 6: Enrollments

· Current FTE/student ratio ~ 20 (360/18 = 20; NB 360/13.5 = 27) · Fall enrollment has been steady at ~ 100 (2/3 freshmen, 1/3 transfers) · There has been a shift towards out-of-state admits. Residents down 20 % and nonresidents up 60 %. Quality of nonresidents is not necessarily higher than that of residents. These are admit numbers, not enrollment numbers. · The Dean, and especially the Campus, desire to keep our enrollment numbers up and even to increase them · The department seems to have little input into setting enrollments.

Comment 7: ChE 141 Review

· Several wide ranging discussions ensued during F 09 · Profs Maboudian (chair), Chu, Smit updated the course in Sp 2010

Evaluation Data Source Scoring I = fail; II = pass; III = distinction


Program Outcome

No. of students with score of: I 1) Obtain thermodynamic properties from a thermodynamic table, chart or diagram. 2) Estimate thermodynamic properties of fluids using heat capacity and volumetric properties, or using the principle of corresponding state. 3) Apply thermodynamic concepts to analyze the efficiency of a heat-power cycle or a refrigeration cycle. 4) Calculate chemical potential or related properties for a multi-component system. 5) Calculate vapor-liquid equilibria in a multicomponent system of non-electrolyte fluid. 6) Calculate equilibrium composition or conversion in a homogeneous or heterogeneous chemical reaction. II III

Comment 8: Dead Week


The campus has instituted a dead week. There is to be no new material covered in week 15.

· UEC has heard no complaint from either students or faculty on this change.

· Faculty are reminded that material in 2-3 lectures is to be eliminated.

Student Feedback

· As part of ABET process, UEC meets with AIChE students every fall semester and honor students every spring semester, and reports to faculty. AIChE Students (10/21/09) 1. With E190 canceled, can we have writing exercises in other courses? 2. 160 lectures are not helpful to accomplish design tasks 3. In 160&162, students feel that some GSIs are not skilled (lack of helpfulness and knowledge of material (especially Matlab & Aspen), not prepared and unable to answer questions: Some have a language barrier (same comment as last year). 4. Can Chem 135 required instead of Biol 1A? Honor Students (05/07/10) (CoC canceled tea with no prior notice) 1. Can Matlab be taught before ChE 140? 2. EECS 100 is not necessary (material is in Phys 7, lab is not useful) 3. Material in ChE 141 is covered " in a manner that is not understandable." Only 1 lecture on rxn equil. 4. ChE 150A needs more heat transfer 5. ChE 154/157 well organized. Students appreciate faculty effort in revamping it 6. Too many 8 am classes. Prefer late afternoon.

GSI Feedback:154/157

· Spring 2010 GSIs had many concerns about 154/157 experiments and student performance. UEC will forward these to the F10 instructors. JAR and CJR met with the GSIs to hear their comments. Some are highlighted below. Remaining details will be forwarded to F 10 structors GSI Comments 1. 2. Several lab manuals need improvement Students need guidance on how to trace flow lines, read and adjust valves, regulators, and gages; correct for pressure with rotameter readings, etc. 3. Students misuse significant figures and do not know how to draw graphs etc 4. Student technical background is weak (do not understand CO2, bicarb equil) 5. Students should be required to keep a technical notebook. 6. Students should get feedback on oral reports and on more than one written report. 7. Design projects are too ambitious without more detailed help. 8. Current plagiarism policing is inadequate.


· Our response to ABET was returned on March 13, 2009. We disagreed with

EAC's analysis based on "factual error" and requested re-evaluation. EAC responded on Aug 12, 2009. ChE is accredited to Sept 30, 2013. We must submit a re-accreditation report by July 01, 2012. Preparation starts Jan 2012.

· Our process is a three-pronged course-evaluation system:

1. Each course is assigned program outcomes. Student performance on specific assignments, examinations etc. is assessed (by the GSIs) 2. Faculty examine the student program-outcomes and rate the course achievement on a 1- 5 scale in the faculty assessment form. 3. UEC examines the faculty-course assessments and reports to the faculty (It was agreed that several courses should be examined for improvement each year). 4. Results are posted online (see "undergrad programs" & usli)

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM - OUTCOME ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE Course: Instructor: CE 140 - Introduction to Process Analysis Prof. C.J. Radke Term: Fall 2009

Program Outcome

Evaluation Data Source

Scoring I = fail; II = pass; III = distinction No. of students with score of: I II 83 III 30


1) Comprehend complex flow sheets and the roles of equipment and unit operations. 2) Perform steady species/element mass balances on chemical processes including multiple reactions, recycle and purge to establish overall conversion, yield, and selectivity. 3) Solve simple unsteady mass and energy balances including numberical solution of coupled, nonlinear transient ordinary differential equations. 4) Solve simple analytic first order differential equations by integrating factors and numerical solution multiple nolinear alebraic equations by Newton iteration. 5) Establish the thermodynamic properties of water from the steam tables. 6) Calculate separation efficiency for equilibrium multistage separation processes. 7) Perform enthalpy balances on reacting chemical processes. 8) Understand the design compromise for setting the reactor temperature in a BSTR, a CSTR or a PFR.

PS 6 HR 12.20 (HW8, #40) #4


Design report

FR 11.25 (HW14 1/5)

12 · Faculty42 reminded that at are 74 the beginning of each semester they must provide a 17 program-outcome template 106 5 for the GSIs to fill out (The MSO mails these to you). 14 52 62 Filled-out forms are returned to the MSO at semester end. 14 0 47 67 Not covered in course

HR 16.17 (HW 11 #51) 3/5 N/A

HR 26.5 PS15 1/5 PS9, #42

17 10

94 109

17 9

This second form is to be filled out, signed by the instructor, and returned to the MSO at semester end.

Campus USLI

· In order to meet President Yudof's desire for accountability, the Berkeley campus has instituted the campus Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI). The goals are similar to those of ABET, namely improvement of instruction and student achievement. The Berkeley campus was strongly opposed to a universal proficiency test. · The ChE Department has posted our USLI goals, etc online at We implement the ABET course-evaluation process. The current presentation posted on the USLI site each year and serves dual roles for ABET and USLI documentation. · So far, the campus has accepted our plan.

ABET/USLI Progress

· The following instructor assessment forms have not been turned in Fall 2009:154;162 Spring 2010: 141;142;150A;154;170B;179 · Faculty teaching these courses are encouraged to complete the forms · All instructor assessment forms reviewed by UEC rated a score of 4. · Are we making documented progress toward instruction improvement? ABET looms starting Jan 2012.

UEC Tasks for 2010/11

· Re-energize the ChE 160 ethics task force · Establish a bio-curriculum task force to integrate biochemistry concepts. This was agreed upon by the faculty when we changed the department name. · Institute specific course reviews as set by Chair · How do we upgrade the technical and communication skills of our students?


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