Date of Award

Fall 1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Science

First Advisor

Golgen Bengu

Second Advisor

Daniel Watts

Third Advisor

Barbara B. Kebbekus

Abstract

As citizens of the 20th century, a key issue we all are aware of is degradation of the environment. In the interest of teaching the environmental issues to freshmen engineers, this study develops a computer aided learning/teaching (CAL/T) tool.

This CAL/T tool consists of Internet based multimedia courseware and intelligent simulations. The courseware assembles the fundamentals of chemistry associated with current environmental issues such as air pollution, stratospheric ozone layer depletion and environmentally sensitive or 'clean' manufacturing. The courseware targets early and comprehensive understanding of pollution prevention concepts with a focus on environmentally friendly manufacturing. The courseware includes: on-line text, audio-video education tools, video files of laboratory demonstrations, interactive computer software for environmental problem solving and laboratory simulation, on-line self assessment tests, information about faculty, and on-line evaluation tools to obtain students' feed-back to enhance faculty teaching. To enable the widest possible dissemination this courseware can be accessed by academia, industry, and governmental research and educational institutions through the World Wide Web.

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