Baton Rouge Community College
Academic Affairs Master Syllabus
Date Approved or Revised: February 24, 2012
Course Name: Introduction to Process Technology
Course Number: PTEC 101
Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 0 Credit Hours: 3
Course Description: Introduces the field of process operations within the process industry and
reviews the roles and responsibilities of process technicians, the environment in which they
work, and the equipment and systems that they operate.
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 101 and MATH 110/101
Suggested Enrollment Cap: 20
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able
1. Describe BRCC’s PTEC program and its admission requirements.
2. Discuss the importance of soft skills (employability skills) in the workforce.
3. Describe the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the process technician.
4. Explain the history and growth of the process industry.
5. Describe the various types of equipment commonly found in refining and
6. Describe the importance of plant equipment maintenance, and
predictive/preventive maintenance procedures in the refining and petrochemical
7. Describe the differences between work groups and teams as encountered in the
8. Describe basic Safety, Health, and Environmental standards relative to the
9. Recognize the importance of quality in the process industry.
10. Identify responses in the process industries to quality issues.
11. Interpret P&IDs and PFDs.
12. Recall basic chemistry and physics concepts.
Assessment Measures: Assessment of all learning outcomes will be measured using the
1. Instructor designed examinations will be administered during the semester.
2. Mock interviews held by industry representatives and/or Career Services staff will
evaluate soft skills.
3. Computer Based Training (CBT) modules will be used to assess concepts.
4. A final examination will be administered at the end of the semester.
5. Included with the final exam will be a departmentally designed section of questions
which will be the same for all classes and all instructors.
6. The common portion of the final exam will cover all of the learning outcomes. This
portion of the exam may, at the instructor’s option, be used or not in determining the
grade on the final exam.
7. Students will complete activities/assignments using ALC resources.
8. Instructor will use a checklist to periodically assess soft skills.
Information to be included on the Instructor’s Course Syllabi:
Disability Statement: Baton Rouge Community College seeks to meet the needs of its
students in many ways. See the Office of Disability Services to receive suggestions for
disability statements that should be included in each syllabus.
Grading: The College grading policy should be included in the course syllabus. Any
special practices should also go here. This should include the instructor’s and/or the
department’s policy for make-up work. For example in a speech course, “Speeches not
given on due date will receive no grade higher than a sixty” or “Make-up work will not
be accepted after the last day of class.”
Attendance Policy: Include the overall attendance policy of the college. Instructors may
want to add additional information in individual syllabi to meet the needs of their
General Policies: Instructors’ policy on the use of things such as beepers and cell phones
and/or hand held programmable calculators should be covered in this section.
Cheating and Plagiarism: This must be included in all syllabi and should include the
penalties for incidents in a given class. Students should have a clear idea of what
constitutes cheating in a given course.
Safety Concerns: In some programs this may be a major issue. For example, “No
student will be allowed in the safety lab without safety glasses.” General statements such
as, “Items that may be harmful to one’s self or others should not be brought to class.”
Library/ Learning Resources: Since the development of the total person is part of our
mission, assignments in the library and/or the Learning Resources Center should be
included to assist students in enhancing skills and in using resources. Students should be
encouraged to use the library for reading enjoyment as part of lifelong learning.
Expanded Course Outline:
I. BRCC PTEC Program Overview
II. History of the Process Industry
III. Your Career as a Process Technician
IV. Working on Teams
V. Soft Skills (Employability Skills)
VI. Basic Physics
VII. Basic Chemistry
VIII. Safety, Health, and the Environment
IX. Principles of Quality
X. Piping and Valves
XI. Tanks, Drums, and Vessels
XIV. Steam Turbines
XV. Electricity and Motors
XVI. Heat Exchangers – Part 1
XVII. Heat Exchangers – Part 2 (Cooling Towers and Fin Fan)
XXI. Process Control Instrumentation
XXII. Process Utilities
XXIII. Process Auxiliaries
XXIV. Process Print Reading
XXV. Process Facility Tour