ENCH241-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Engineering Chemistry 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry.

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

The topics covered by this course are:
- Organic and Bio-organic Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry (chromatography)
- Physical Chemistry (surfaces and catalysis)

Learning Outcomes

  • Goal:
    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.

    Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the functioning of catalytic systems for chemical synthesis, with particular emphasis on catalysis at surfaces as it pertains to industrial reactions.
  • Develop detailed understanding of selected industrial catalytic processes.
  • 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.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 412 Chemistry Lab
17 Jul - 23 Jul
31 Jul - 6 Aug
14 Aug - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
25 Sep - 1 Oct
9 Oct - 15 Oct
02 Wednesday 14:00 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 412 Chemistry Lab
24 Jul - 30 Jul
7 Aug - 13 Aug
21 Aug - 27 Aug
18 Sep - 24 Sep
2 Oct - 8 Oct
16 Oct - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre
21 Aug - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 8 Oct
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
21 Aug - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 8 Oct

Course Coordinators

Matthew Cowan and Vladimir Golovko


Matthew Cowan and Richard Hartshorn

Please, note that we are introducing videos aimed to help you with labs in 2021.
There are three types of video clips which may be available depending on the production team workload: general introduction, lab talks specific to each of the labs and demonstrations of the experimental techniques specific to each lab. If and when such videos will be available on Learn these will become mandatory for students to watch before the lab.
We sincerely hope that addition of these videos to Learn will improve your lab experience and performance, as well as your grades.

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 Fridays 14:00-18:00, 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 - mandatory brief introductory talk will be given in the Ernest Rutherford 412 Chem Lab. If such intro talk will be available on Learn as a video you are excused from coming earlier IF you did watch it.

Please, do come prepared for the lab – see info below:

Students must come prepared for the laboratory experiments – 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.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Exam 50%
Laboratory Assessment 20%
Test 30%

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 $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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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