ENCH241-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Engineering Chemistry 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry.

This course is part of the First Professional Examination for the BE (Hons) degree in Chemical and Process Engineering.

The goal of the course is to provide students with the chemistry background needed to better understand industrial chemical processes. The material will be related to industrial processes implemented in New Zealand and internationally.

The topics covered by this course are:

Learning Outcomes

  • Goal of the Course
    The goal of the course is to provide students with the chemistry background and communication tools needed to better understand and discuss industrial chemical processes. The material will be related to industrial processes implemented in New Zealand and internationally.

    Learning Outcomes (General)
  • Understand the functioning of catalytic systems for chemical synthesis, with particular emphasis on catalysis at surfaces as it pertains to industrial reactions.
  • Have a working understanding of the fundamental organic chemistry underlying many industrial synthetic processes.
  • Understand how the basics of chemistry can be applied in the industrial production of polymers.
  • Develop understanding of the theory and basic application aspects of a variety of characterisation methods (chromatography, mass spectrometry and other selected spectroscopic techniques) relevant to R&D and QA.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

Course Coordinators

Matthew Cowan and Vladimir Golovko


Matthew Cowan and Jodie Johnston

Please, note that there are video clips available on Learn for you to watch before labs.
There are three types of video clips which are available: general introduction, lab talks specific to each of the labs and demonstrations of the experimental techniques specific to each lab.
Based on the experience from the last year, we anticipate your active use of these videos will improve your lab experience and performance, as well as your grades.
It is mandatory for you to watch brief introductory/safety talk available on Learn before start of the lab course.
You also must read detailed description of each lab in the manual and watch video reiterating important steps of each experiment available on Learn.

Each student must attend a total of 6 laboratory classes (timetable will be available on Learn and in the lab).
There will be TWO streams for attending labs on alternate weeks. Lists showing breakdown of the class into streams and groups for the labs will be available on Learn.
The laboratory classes are on Tuesdays 9:00-13:00, unless advised otherwise.
Ernest Rutherford 412 Chemistry Lab, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences (do check your timetable in case of the last minute changes)

On your first lab day, please arrive 10 minutes earlier to get organised before the lab.
Please, do come prepared for the lab – see info below:

Students must come prepared for the laboratory experiments (read description of the experiment in the manual, watch video on Learn, complete safety form) – lack of preparation will result in penalty (10% of the mark for the lab). Lab manual will be available on Learn and a printed copy will be provided free of charge.
For the first lab you must have read, in detail, the general introduction to the lab course and specific brief for your first experiment (available on Learn).
Remember to print out and fill out corresponding safety forms prior to start of the experiment (also available on Learn) – work in the lab will not be allowed without completed and signed safety forms. You will need to look up hazards reported within MSDS forms for each chemical and solvent involved in the experiment using jr.chemwatch.net link (available on Learn – ‘Search for MSDS here’)
Students are required to have two laboratory notebooks so that one could be used in the lab while the other one is submitted for marking. A4 format is much preferred. It is anticipated that lab books/reports for a given laboratory session will be submitted during the next lab in person. In case of out of term time submission will be available via drop box in the CAPE link block. Do get in touch if you have special circumstances – better to get 50% of the grade than 0.
Laboratory coats and safety glasses/goggles will be required before attending the first laboratory class.  These can be paid for at the Copy Centre then the receipt brought to the Chemistry store and exchanged for the coat and/or glasses.

A satisfactory performance in the laboratory is a course requirement.
Failure to submit laboratory reports for two experiments will result in automatic failure of the lab component of the course and thus failure for the whole course.

The deadline for submission of the lab report is two weeks from the completion of a given experiment, while earlier submissions are encouraged.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 5%
Exam 35%
Laboratory Assessment 20% Students MUST PASS lab component in order to pass the course)
Semester 1 Test 20%
Semester 2 Test 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Web-based resources
Various learning resources (lecture material, reference links, quizzes, discussion forums etc.) for this course are available via the University of Canterbury’s Learn web site -- http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/.  This site will also be used regularly as a means of communication and information distribution for all of your Canterbury courses.  You should familiarise yourself with Learn as soon as possible.

Course links

Course handout and content (PDF 473KB)


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

Additional Course Outline Information

Late submission of work

It is the policy for this course that late work is not accepted.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

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