Profile of the Programme

The objectives and learning outcomes, concerning the finality Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Technology, are stepwise and evolutionary realized. Therefore by means of the curriculum structure (both content and form) we wish to explore the broad field of science/technology and society. Therefore the programme consists of the following components (in hierarchical order), adapted didactic tools and an accompanying evaluation/assessment system.

COMPONENTS

Main components;

A broad and deepened theoretical and conceptual basic knowledge is provided through various core disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, complemented by training in modus operandi and basic operations.

Developing knowledge, insight and implementation in the higher auxiliary sciences (for example analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis, spectroscopic techniques) and non-finality-related disciplines (quality control, safety, health, environmental management, ...) and the direct niche courses according to the different majors.

Intensifying a process-based approach of all operational and problemsolving related tasks with sufficient insight by means of input process (transformation) output-oriented systemic approach, and this with a progressively prevailed emphasis on synthesis and integration.

Supplemented with;

- A basic of technological baggage for physical, chemical conversion, processing and product treatment.
- Material knowledge to ensure process implementation, should allow to estimate (in)compatible interaction between products and material.
- Computerization to facilitate data archiving and - processing, as well as reporting.

Finalizing in;

- Supporting (basic) disciplines, such as mechanics, electricity, ... which can be used and integrated for the conversion of all forms of energy.
- Implementation and support of (sub) design, relevant and sufficient to job requirements, taking into account the associated environmental, safety and risk aspects, sustainability and if necessary also economic factors.
- Exploring the limits in both the technical and scientific, as well as in the social dimension.
- Intensive participation in scientific and technical research in order to survey the boundaries, to identify the physical and / or chemical basis of the technique and using these to recognize the possibilities, impossibilities and limitations of the technology.
- Synthesis (the essence and typical characteristic of the engineer) and implementation of the overall design, as much as possible in a realistic social context.
- Focusing on social and communication skills in preparation for concrete job applications

TEACHING TOOLS

From the evolutionary sequence (sequenciality) of the various courses, there is the progressive shift from knowledge insight into science/application, gradually built up using the following tools:

Lectures / theoretical exercises are more focused on specialized courses with increasing attention to complementary aspects such as management, efficiency, economic context, qualitative and quantitative aspects, safety, qualitycontrol, environment, sustainability, ...

Guest lectures (where possible and appropriate) by business experts add the external expertise and specific know how and generate a complementary value.

By means of company visits, the same holistic approach is strengthened with the typical corporate culture, processes, process technology, upscaling and quality control.

Besides the application aspect in the practical exercises, more attention is demanded for the integration of organization/planning, reporting and teamwork. Moreover, communication and social skills are progressively more emphasized.

The Master's Dissertation aims at the ultimate synthesis and integration of all aspects and competencies (synthesis, integration, performance ...) by solving more complex tasks and issues/problems. Based on the specific knowledge of the student in the technology and the possible solutions, a valuable analysis is performed and implemented in a functional, sustainable and feasible concept, that must be designed and reported in partial solutions.

Moreover, the opportunity is offered, through Erasmus scholarships, to follow an internationalization path in achieving their Master's Dissertation. Obviously the same competencies are pursued as stated above. However this mobility adds an extra value by linking the required independency and customization and integration modalities in a foreign culture and language in a relatively limited time.

EVALUATION / ASSESSMENT

For the evaluation, regarding the achieved competencies, the assessment emphasizes on mastering concepts and relationships, on the application and use of knowledge, on solving authentic realistic and varying problems, on developing strategies for a global approach of problem solving tasks in a social and sustainable context. Finally feedback should generate a greater added value of learning opportunities for the students.