USING A BOOK OF CASE STUDIES TO THE LEARNING OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS ON DIFFERENT GRADUATE DEGREES

J. Izquierdo1, J. Labanda1, J. Costa1, E. Martinez2, J. Rodriguez3, M. Izquierdo4

1University of Barcelona (SPAIN)
2University of Cadiz (SPAIN)
3University of Malaga (SPAIN)
4CSIC (SPAIN)
Teaching in the first courses of graduate studies should be based on solid educational resources to assist in the learning process of students. In this regard, it has experienced in teaching Basic Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering by following a texbook in theoretical and practical classes.
The book employed in this new teaching experience during the academic courses 2009-10 and 2010-11, which was recently published by Editorial Reverté (ISBN:9788429171853) with the title Introduction to Chemical Engineering: Solved Problems on Mass and Energy Balances, consists of 4 chapters. The theoretical basis of the subject is outlined at the beginning of every chapter and each problem is followed by a fully detailed (step-by-step) solution. The nomenclature and references cited throughout the text are indicated at the end of the corresponding chapter.
This book, encompassing a total of 70 fully worked (step-by-step) solved problems, has been, taking into account the opinion of most students of graduate which used it until now, an useful, positive, novel and pedagogic contribution to the Chemical Engineering teaching and, particularly, to the Fundamentals of the Chemical Engineering subject for graduate studies in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biotechnology and other university degrees where Science and Chemical Technology play an important role.