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CN3109/Annex 1

General Information of CN3109 (Chemical Engineering Laboratory III)

Lab Structure

1) Based on the estimated number of students, there will be 3 experimental sessions per week, 4 hours per
session (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1 - 5pm).

2) Each group will have 4 members (Group of 5 members may happen due to uneven grouping).

3) As in CN3108, each group will perform the same experiment twice in two consecutive sessions. In CN3109,
students perform FOUR experiments (2 from Process Control basket, 2 from Separation Processes basket).
Please see Annex 3 for the experimental schedule and baskets. Lab manuals are available on IVLE for download.

4) No lab demonstration will be provided in the beginning of each experiment. Instead, Safety Officers will be
installed for alleviating safety concerns (Please see below for the roles of Safety Officers). The students are
expected to learn each experiment on their own. If they cannot, they should seek help from the
corresponding instructor, and not from the safety officer.

5) Lab Instructors will be selected among academic staff for providing technical and experimental consultations as
well as viva to students. Students are encouraged to contact the corresponding instructors for consultations
(Please see below for the roles of Lab Instructors).

Formation of the Experimental Group

1) Each group will be composed of 4 members -- Leader, Experimenter, Data Analyst, Literature reviewer.

2) The grouping of students is done randomly. Please refer to Annex 2 for details.

3) All the members are expected to contribute and to understand the operation of the experiment that they are

4) The responsibilities of each group member in the report are list in the following:

(a) Overall appearance and cohesiveness between each section of the report
(b) Abstract / Summary/Introduction / Conclusion
(c) Lab Safety Analysis

(a) Coordination of raw data collection (during the experiment)
(b) Experimental procedure
(c) Quality of the data
(d) Raw data management

Data Analyst
(a) Data analysis
(b) Sample calculation
(c) Error analysis

Literature Reviewer

(a) Review of technical background

(b) Discussion of data sets and the experiment
5) The role of each student in the group will be rotated from one experiment to the next one in the following order:

The role of the students in the FIRST experiment is given in Annex 2 as well.

6) Due to uneven grouping, some groups will consist of five members. For these groups, the role of data analyst is
duplicated. The rotation becomes the following order:

Roles of Lab Safety Officers

1) Lab safety officers will be present during each session of the lab.

2) They will be in charge of the safety of the experiments and to alleviate any safety concerns that the students
may have.

3) The safety officer should provide minimum technical/experimental guidance to students. The students are
expected to learn each experiment on their own. If they cannot, they should seek help from the corresponding
instructor, and not from the safety officer.

Roles of Lab Instructors

1) One instructor is installed for each basket of experiments. (Please see Annex 3 and 4 for details).

2) Students should be proactive in seeking advices (theoretical and experimental, potential pitfalls etc.) from the
corresponding instructors. They should arrange meetings with the instructors before and after the experiment, if

3) The instructor will conduct viva to the student groups performing the corresponding basket of experiments
during Week 2 (or 2nd session) of the experiment. Students are encouraged to arrange a convenient time for both
the instructor and the students themselves for the viva in advance.

4) The instructors will attend and evaluate the final presentation given by students.

Module Assessment
1) Grading: 3 group reports + one final presentation (60%), 4 vivas (30%), peer review (10%)
2) Each group will be subjected to viva during Week 2 (or 2nd session) of each experiment.
3) Each group is required to submit a written group report (of not more than 20 A4-sized pages) to room
EW2-04-02 at the beginning of the lab session for next experiment. A softcopy of the report should be uploaded
onto IVLE within a day after the hardcopy submission.
4) Indicate your roles on the cover page of your lab report.
5) For the last experiment, no report is required. Instead each group is required to make a 20 min oral presentation
on the experiment.
6) Late submission will be penalized at 10 points per day.
7) Students have to report their attendance individually to lab officers in room EW2-04-02 not more than 30
minutes after the commencement of the lab.

1) Discussion among fellow students and other groups is permitted, but report copying is not allowed.
Software to track report copying will be installed.
2) If any context of the report is deemed copied, the whole group will be penalized as the following:

(First time) Zero mark on the report

(Second time) Grade F for the module