Course Title : Scientific English (Chemical Enginnering)

Code 73150
Course Year 3rd year
Term 2016・2nd semester
Class day & Period Monday・3rd Period or 4th Period
Location W301
Credits 2
Restriction 3rd year students of the Undergraduate Course Program of Chemical Process Engineering
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Shuji MATSUSAKA, John Pryce

Course Description

This course aims to give students an opportunity to use and expand on their current English skills in a Scientific context, specifically within the field of Chemical Engineering. In addition, since all instruction is in English, the course focuses on creating an environment where students can develop their overall skills in International Communication in both oral and written formats. 


Assessment 1 (week 12) - 20% Assessment 2 (week 15) - 20% Final Written exam - 60%

Course Goals

The goals of this course are: 1. To enable students to become conversant in English within various aspects of Chemical Engineering. 2. To improve and expand student's specialized vocabulary and pronunciation skills. 3. To give students confidence in oral and written communication skills regarding technical data, unit operations, process design and technical descriptions in English. 4. To develop student's overall ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as, critical thinking skills with regards to Chemical Engineering topics. 5. To develop and contribute to the student's confidence and knowledge to be able to attend international conferences, conduct presentations and publish papers in English.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Unit 1-15 The course is divided into 15 classes over 15 weeks and the topics have been selected and sequenced to take the students through key aspects of Chemical Engineering beginning with elementary specialized vocabulary and pronunciation, culminating in technical trouble shooting and presentation of a solution.
Unit 1 Chemistry/Chemical Engineering - periodic table, organic and inorganic chemistry nomenclature 1 The student will be able to correctly pronounce and be aware of the differences in terminology between Japanese and English chemistry nomenclature.
Unit 2 Mathematical Sciences 1 The student will be able to clearly explain mathematical operations, calculations and results obtained by experiment.
Unit 3 Units of Measurement/Explaining process equipment dimensions (piping, valves, instrumentation, pumps, vessels and various process equipment) 1 The student will be able to express units of measurement and Conversions, explain physical dimensions and process equipment features.
Unit 4-11 Unit Operations - Fluid Transportation, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer, Thermodynamic Processes and Mechanical Processes 8 The student will be able to describe various unit operations in English and describe how they integrate with different processes. Focusing on specific vocabulary, phrasal verbs and order of adjectives in describing.
Unit 12 Oral Assessment - Presentation of a unit operation 1 The student will be able to present, describe and explain the application to a process for a unit operation of their choice.
Unit 13 Process and Instrumentation Diagrams incorporating unit operations 1 The student will be able to read and explain process instrumentation diagrams in English.
Unit 14 Plant Start-up and Shut-down/operating instructions 1 The student will be able to provide and describe sequencing instructions for plant operations.
Unit 15 Oral Assessment - Troubleshooting and explaining solutions 1 The student will be able use critical thinking skills to troubleshoot a Process and instrumentation diagram and explain their solution.


Handouts will be given each lesson.


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Students enrolled in the Chemical Process Engineering Course of the School of Industrial Chemistry.

All instruction will be in English, so students are advised to work on improving listening skills both before and during the course.

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