College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 13:34:29


Chemical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


Thermodynamics is an essential course in the chemical engineering curriculum. Thermodynamics requires the use of many equations and rules that use subtle concepts from math, physics, and chemistry. To assist students with using these equations and recalling rules on exams, students are often permitted a “study guide” to use on the exams to help avoid rote memorization. Study guide construction is an environment in which students learn, and learning has been shown to improve when collaboration is involved. In this research, students will construct study guides individually for one exam, and in teams for one exam. Students will answer questions relating to study guide preparation and usage on pre and post exam questionnaires. This research project attempts to determine “Does the construction method of a study guide affect study guide usage on exams?”. The answer to this question may provide additional insight into what methods are best for study guide construction. This information could be used to improve understanding in the subject of thermodynamics and other engineering courses for students.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Donald Visco

First Reader

Dr. Nidaa Makki

Second Reader

Dr. Edward Evans

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Donald Visco



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