ENGR 3520 - Mass Transport and Rate Phenomena

Spring Semester 2016




Course Instructor

Dr. Mark A. Eiteman
408 Driftmier
eiteman [at] engr.uga.edu

Teaching Assistant

Sirisha Parimi
siri13 [at] uga.edu

Office Hours

Eiteman - 9:00 - 10:00 MWF and by chance or by appointment
Parimi - 10:30 - 11:45 WF - 601 Driftmier

UGA Bulletin Course Description

Mass transport and rate phenomena in the analysis of engineering problems in biological systems.

Offered Credits Level Weekly Instruction Pattern
Fall Semester 3 undergraduate 3 one hour lectures

Meeting Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Room 230 Driftmier

Calendar (Spring 2016)

Monday January 11First Day of Classes
Monday January 18Martin Luther King Day
Monday - Friday March 7 - 11Spring Break
Monday May 2Last Day of Classes
Wednesday May 4 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Final Exam
Final Exam Conflicts Procedure for Exam Conflicts


ENGR 3160 - Fluid Dynamics (or co-requisite)
MATH 2700 - Differential Equations
ENGR 1140 - Computational Engineering Methods (or mastery of a computer programming language)

Prerequisites by Topic

Differential Equations
Computer Programming
Stoichiometry and Fundamental Chemical Terms and Units
Chemical Equilibrium

Courses that Require this Course as a Prerequisite

ENGR 3720 - Engineering Physiology (or co-requisite)
ENGR 4510 - Biochemical Engineering
ENGR 4520 - Design of Biochemical Separations Processes
ENGR 4450 - Environmental Engineering II

Required Text

"Course Packet", 190 pp., by Dr. Mark A. Eiteman (Available at University Bookstore)

Grading Policy:

Quiz #1 (Mult. Choice)10%
Quiz #2 (Mult. Choice)15%
Quiz #3 (Worked Problems)10%
Quiz #4 (Worked Problems)10%
Final Exam (Mult. Choice)25%
Term Paper10%
Participation and Attendance10%

For information on quizzes, please see the ENGR 3520 quiz web page.
For information on homework, please see the ENGR 3520 homework web page.


Review of Biological and Chemical Calculations
Gas-Liquid Equilibrium
Terms in Biological and Chemical Kinetics
Zeroth, First and Second Order Irreversible Reactions
First and Second Order Reversible Reactions
Multiple Reaction Kinetics
Introduction of Macroscopic Material Balances
Steady-State Systems
Unsteady-State Systems
Reactive Systems
Definitions of Velocities and Fluxes
Fick's Law
Differential Material Balances
Interphase Mass Transfer

The course topics is a general plan for the course; small deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be deemed appropriate.

Course Program Outcomes

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering - extensive coverage
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data - no coverage
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs - some coverage
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams - some coverage
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems - extensive coverage
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility - no coverage
g) an ability to communicate effectively - moderate coverage
h) an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context - some coverage
i) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning - no coverage
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues - no coverage
k) an ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice - moderate coverage


Selected homework will be collected at the beginning of each lecture period.  You are encouraged to discuss problems with other students, however, duplicating another student's work will be considered plagiarism, and this practice is unacceptable (see Academic Honesty below).  If you receive considerable aid on a particular problem you are to indicate so on your homework.  Neatness and clarity will be important factors in assigning homework grades.  Excused late homework will only be accepted under extreme circumstances (e.g., personal crises). Unexcused homework one class period late will receive 50% of maximum possible credit, beyond one class unexcused late homework will not be given credit. For current information on homework, please see the ENGR 3520 homework web page.

Quizzes and Exam

You may bring pencils, paper, erasers, and calculators to quizzes and final exam.  You will be supplied with any equations or other information needed.  There will be absolutely no sharing of calculators nor talking during test periods.  Testing dates will not be altered, and "make-up" tests will only be given under extreme circumstances. There will be no unannounced quizzes. For current information on quizzes, please see the ENGR 3520 quizzes web page.


Term paper must be typewritten and double spaced.  References should be list in alphabetical order beginning on a separate page at the end of the paper.   References from web sites must be from federal government sites or from academic institutions (.gov or .edu).

Academic Honesty

All academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty." Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The document for academic dishonesty may be found at the web site for The University of Georgia Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost: Academic Honesty

Communication Skills

In accordance with departmental policy concerning communication skills, fifty percent of the grade on all written assignments (lab reports and papers) and oral presentations will be based on quality of communication. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity of writing are evidence of written communication quality. Enunciation, voice projection, clarity and logical order of the presentation and effective use of visual aids are evidence of oral communication quality.

Engineering Professionalism

The engineering profession is governed by a code of ethics that has developed alongside the rigors of the practice and its many contributions to society. Engineering students at the University of Georgia are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and professional practice. Engineering faculty at the University of Georgia expect students to act in a professional manner at all times.


A portion of the course grade is assigned based on participation and attendance. A "participation" grade of excellent, good, average, low and poor is assigned based on the level and quality of a student's participation in classroom discussion and additional communications with the instructor (e.g., office meetings). An "attendance" grade is based on the number of occasions a student is present and ON TIME for the class. Out of the 30 class meetings, a student must be present 28 meetings to earn the maximum attendance score. (i.e., all students are permitted two absences during the course of the semester without a reduction in the "attendance" score). Each absence beyond the second absence has the affect of approximately reducing the "attendance" score by slightly more than one-half letter grade. For example, being present 26 times out of 30 would result in a high B for the attendance grade.

A student may be withdrawn from this course by the instructor without notification to the student for excessive absences or for failure to complete necessary prerequisites. For this course, "excessive absences" is defined as absences from all of the first three class meetings or four (4) or more absences from any contiguous ten (8) scheduled class meetings. A student may also be withdrawn from this course by the instructor after one warning for disruption of class. Ringing of a cell phone during the lecture constitutes a "disruption of class."

The instructor will provide students with an opportunity to complete academic responsibilities resulting from absences due to (for example) 1) observation of religious holidays, 2) significant illness, 3) death in family and 4) emergencies. When possible, the instructor requires reasonable written notice of absences (one week). Please communicate promptly in writing (email) with instructor such absences, including date and reason for absence, and proposed alternative for academic responsibilities. Since all students are permitted two absences without academic penalty, absences for reasons listed above generally do not contribute to course attendance; that is, they still count as absences.