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Chemical Engineering Program Structure at ICT Prague

Frantisek Stepanek


Prague

Czech Republic

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History

  • 1803 Emperor Francis II. founded the Chemistry Department of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

  • 1806 First courses in the Departments of Mathematics and Chemistry

  • Chemistry Department provided instruction in general and practical chemistry witha focus on the major industries: glass, iron and textile

History

  • 1920 transformation into the School of Chemical Technology, one of the seven faculties of the Czech Technical University

  • 1952 independent Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague

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Notable alumni

  • Professor of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in PragueOtto Wichterle (1913-1998)

  • macromolecular chemist

  • the inventor of soft hydro-gel contact lenses or polyamide thread Silon (Nylon)

Notable Alumni

  • ProfessorVlado Prelog (1906-1998)

  • organic chemist

  • awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 as professor at the ETH Zürich (contribution to the stereochemistry of organic molecules and their reactions)

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Organisational structure
Organisational Structure of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Vice-Rectors

External Relations

Studies

Research

Facilities and Building

RECTOR

Central Library

Central Labs.

Computer Centre

Faculty of Chemical Technology

Faculty of Environmental Technology

Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology

Faculty of Chemical Engineering

Academic Departments

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Sources of financial income
Sources of Financial Income of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

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Students and academic staff
Students and Academic Staff of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Bc. & MSc. students 3184

International students 373

Bc. & MSc. graduates (2007/8) 798

PhD students 877

PhD graduates (2007/08) 102

Faculty members

Professors 59

Assoc. Professors 96

Assistants 215

Scientists 148

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Organisation of studies
Organisation of Studies of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

“Bologna scheme” – applied at Czech universities since 2004/5

PhD

degree,

4 years

Master degree,

2 years

Bachelor degree, 3 years

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Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Master’s degree programs:

1. Process Engineering and Informatics (= Chemical Engineering)

2. Technical Physical and Analytical Chemistry

3. Economics and Management in the Process Industries

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Study plan overview
Study Plan - Overview of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Years 1-3 (Bc level)Common Fundamental Subjects:e.g. organic chemistry, mathematics, physics, etc.Electives: - advanced versions of fundamental courses (aimed at students continuing to MSc) - more practically oriented technical electives (aimed at students intending to stop at Bc) - business electivesBc Project: - also called “mini diploma thesis”

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Study plan year 1 of bachelor s program
Study Plan - Year 1 of Bachelor’s program of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Autumn

Spring

* 2 electives must be chosen

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Study plan year 2 of bachelor s program
Study Plan - Year 2 of Bachelor’s program of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Autumn

* 1 elective must be chosen

Spring

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Study plan year 2 of bachelor s program continued
Study Plan - Year 2 of Bachelor’s program of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague…continued

Spring

* 1 elective must be chosen

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Study plan year 3 of bachelor s program
Study Plan - Year 3 of Bachelor’s program of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Autumn

* 2 electives must be chosen

Spring

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Study plan year 3 of bachelor s program continued
Study Plan - Year 3 of Bachelor’s program of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague…continued

Spring

* 2 electives must be chosen

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Study plan overview1
Study Plan - Overview of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Years 4-5 (MSc level)Common subjects specific to Chem Eng:e.g. reaction engineering, heat transfer, separation processes, safety, etc.Electives: - mainly technical electives - allowing students to specialiseMSc project (“diploma work”): - individual project, formal conclusion of studies

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Study plan year 4 year 1 of msc level
Study Plan - Year 4 (Year 1 of MSc level) of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Autumn

* 2 electives must be chosen

Spring

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Study plan year 4 year 1 of msc level continued
Study Plan - Year 4 (Year 1 of MSc level) of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague…continued

Spring

* 3 electives must be chosen

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Study plan year 5 year 2 of msc level
Study Plan - Year 5 (Year 2 of MSc level) of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

Autumn

* 2 electives must be chosen

Spring

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Experience with bologna style structure
Experience with Bologna-style structure of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague

  • Students like the flexibility offered by early electives

  • In engineering disciplines, the vast majority of students continue for a full 5-year MSc (finishing at Bc level is regarded as a “drop out” by both employers and students)

  • In spite of this, many students tend to choose the “easy” practical electives in years 1-3 and then can miss the deeper understanding provided by the “advanced versions” of common fundamental courses

  • The Bc project is a welcome element in the curriculum which greatly enhances the quality of the subsequent MSc project in year 5

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Comparison with the uk system based on experience at imperial college london
Comparison with the UK system of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague(based on experience at Imperial College London)

  • Much more chemistry at ICT, including lab work Studies are completed by an individual research projectDesign project is present but has a less prominent roleElectives are present in the curriculum from Year 1 Supervised tutorials form part of most courses in all 5 years and contribute significantly to the students’ assessment Starting from the Bc project in year 3, MSc students tend to be closely integrated into the supervisor’s research group through semestral projects and pre-diploma laboratory

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Conclusions and recommendations my personal views
Conclusions and Recommendations of the Royal Czech Polytechnical Institute in Prague(my personal views)

  • Give students choice Keep the underlying science fundamentals strong Include project-based work early on Integrate students into on-going research and industrial consultancy projects Don’t assume ‘typical’ career paths or specific industry sectors for graduates, they end up everywhere

Thank You!

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