A Student-Centered Approach to Teaching Material and Energy Balances 2: Course Delivery And Assessment


  • Lisa G. Bullard North Carolina State University
  • Richard M. Felder North Carolina State University


This two-part series describes the structure of the stoichiometry course at North Carolina State University. The course had a variety of learning objectives, and several nontraditional pedagogies were used in the course delivery. The first paper outlined the course structure and policies, the preparation given to the teaching assistants who played an integral part in the course delivery, and the course assignments. This paper summarizes the methods used in the course instruction and assessment.

Author Biographies

Lisa G. Bullard, North Carolina State University

Lisa G. Bullard received her B.S. in ChE from NC State and her Ph.D. in ChE from Carnegie Mellon. She served in engineering and management positions within Eastman Chemical Co. from 1991-2000. At N.C. State, she is currently a teaching associate professor and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Richard M. Felder, North Carolina State University

Richard M. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is coauthor of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, an introductory chemical engineering text now in its third edition. He has contributed more than 200 publications to the fields of science and engineering education and chemical process engineering, and writes "Random Thoughts," a column on educational methods and issues for Chemical Engineering Education. With his wife and colleague, Dr. Rebecca Brent, he codirects the National Effective Teaching Institute (NET!) and regularly offers teaching effectiveness workshops on campuses and at conferences around the world.