PLST1008 Fundamentals of Plastics/Chemistry/Ingredients

This course introduces the student to the history of plastics, current status, and significant organizations within the industry. This course includes health and safety, reading and understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). This course includes polymer chemistry, molecules and the special ingredients used to alter and enhance plastics.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Classify natural, modified, synthetic plastics
Characterize commercial plastics
Identify top ten plastics materials
Explore recycling of plastics
Examine disposal by incineration or degradation
Identify organizations in plastics industry
Identify plastics manufacturing hazards
Determine sources of chemical hazards
Analyze material safety data sheet (MSDS)
Analyze basic chemistry
Identify hydrocarbon molecules
Determine types of macromolecules
Characterize commercial plastics
Analyze basic materials
Figure out selection of material grades
Use computerized databases for material selection
Characterize molecular structures organization
Differentiate inter-intra molecular forces
Predict molecular orientation
Identify thermosets
Identify additives
Classify reinforcements
Identify fillers

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details