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KE1180 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 7.5 credits

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Spring 2025 CBIOT programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE1180 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of two parts. In the first part, an overview of material and energy balances is given and application of these to various types of technical systems. At the same time an introduction is given to unit operations and reactors, and material and energy balances are applied to these.

The teaching is given in part with a smaller number of lectures where fundamental concepts and methods are explained, and in part with exercises emphasizing the student's activity and ability to carry out calculations. This part ends with an examination. In parallel with the first part, written assignments are given out whose aim is to provide an opportunity to practice theories and concepts before the examination.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing and passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Define and use mass and energy balances.
  • Describe different reactors and processes in chemical engineering.
  • Understand and use basic concepts and relationships in chemical engineering.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Introductory chemistry or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, R.M. Felder, R.W. Rosseau & L.G. Bullard, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Global edition, ISBN 978-1-118-09239-2.

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed examinations (TEN1) and pased written assignment (INL1) are required to pass the course.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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