House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PTAC-2438-01 (Process Tech III-Operations)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorPowell, James Leland
Phone(409) 984-6344
Business and Technology
Chair:Michael Trahan
Telephone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:MW 9:00AM-12:00PM, TR 4:45PM-5:45PM, F 9:00AM-11:00AM
Building:Educational Annex (PAEA)
Room #:104
Course Information
Course ID #10241
Course Subject-Number-SectionPTAC-2438-01
Course TitleProcess Tech III-Operations
Course Description Course emphasizes activities associated with process operations. Students write and follow procedures and operate actual equipment.
Course Prerequisites PTAC-2420
Required Textbooks Process Technology Plant Operations by Michael Speegle , Publisher-Thomson Publishing ISBN-10: 1-4180-2869-0/ ISBN-13: 978-1-4180-2863-3
Learning Objectives Become familiar with all aspects of Process Operations such as: economics, safety, hazards, process physics,maintenace duties, and various handling requirement for different types of chemicals. Students also learn how to write and follow basic procedures and operate actual equipment.


PTAC        2438 Process Technology III - Operations

Week of:

January        17        Holiday – Monday, Jan.17th

Introduction to class.

                        Chapter 1-Process Technology Today

                        (Last day for schedule changes, Jan.21)

                24        Chapter 2-Process Hazards

                        Chapter 3-The Permit System

January        31        Chapter 4-Quality as a Competitive Tool

                        Chapter 5-Process Economics


February        7        Continue Chapter 5-Process Economics

Exam 1 (Chapters 1,2,3,4&5) Feb.10th


                14        Chapter 6- Communication

                        Chapter 7-Process Physics

                21        Chapter 8- Process Samples

                        Chapter 9- The Significance of Common Analytical Tests

February        28        Chapter 10-Routine Unit Duties

Exam 2 (Chapters 6,7,8,9&10) March 3rd

                        Last Day to drop with a Q (Feb.28)

March                7        Spring Break


                14        Chapter 11-Maintenance Duties: I

                        Chapter 12-Maintenance Duties: II


                21        Chapter 13-Material Handling I: Bulk Liquids

Chapter 14-Material Handling II: Bulk Solids

March                28        Chapter 15-Material Handling III: Oil Movement and Storage



April                4        Exam 3-(Chapters 11,12,13,14& 15) April. 5th

                        Chapter 16-Process Unit Shutdown


                        April 6 Last Day to Drop or Withdraw for the semester

April                 11        Chapter 17-Process Unit Turnaround



                18        Chapter 18-Process Unit Startup


                April 22- Easter Holiday

April                25        Chapter 19-Abnormal Situations

Chapter 20-Process Troubleshooting



May                2        Exam 4-(Chapters 16,17.18.19 & 20) (May 3)

Review for Final Exam (May 5)

May                 9        Complete Review for Final Exam

                        Final Exam – Thursday May 12 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Discussion Topics Various topics including multiple types of unit process operations.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Missing a days lecture can cause you to possibly drop a letter grade on tests. A student with more than 5 absenses may be dropped from class

1. A student with more than 5 absenses may be dropped from class.

2. Tardiness - Being tardy for class more than one time during a test cycle, will result in 1 point being deducted from your next test, for each time you are tardy.

Determination of Final Grade Chapter Tests-50%, Quizzes/homework/labs-25% Final Exam-25%

1. You will have 4 Tests and a Final Exam in this class. All tests and the exam are taken in class on a specified day. There are "NO MAKEUP OR RETAKES".. If you miss "ONE" Test, your final exam grade will count as this missing test grade (in other words, your final will count twice). If you miss more than one test, you will receive a zero for each additional test you miss. If you take all of your tests and do not miss any of them, then you have the option of replacing your lowest test grade with your final exam grade. If you are involved in Academic Dishonesty, you will NOT be allowed to replace the zero you received with your final exam grade.

2. Homework must be completed on time, 15 PTS will be deducted each class day late, for two class days. Homework will not be accepted more than two class days late.

Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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