A Project-Based, Spiral Curriculum for Introductory Courses in ChE: Part 1. Curriculum Design
In this series of papers we describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of a new curriculum for the beginning core course sequence of chemical engineering. We completely reorganized our material and energy balances, thermodynamics, and stage-wise separation processes courses into an integrated year-long course wherein learning of chemical engineering fundamentals is facilitated by completing a series of laboratory and design projects. The new curriculum features a spiral approach that reinforces key topics by revisiting them in different context with increasing sophistication throughout the year.