Learning outcomes

kima2m  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Building on fundamental scientific and technical knowledge (physics, chemistry, mechanics, mathematics) acquired during the Bachelor’s program, the master’s program in chemistry and materials science enables the student to develop polytechnic as well as specialized competences relating to materials, nanotechnology, as well as chemical and environmental engineering, which will allow him/her to fill leadership positions in the design and production of advanced materials and systems as well as the development and management of advanced technological processes.

The program takes up the broad challenges confronting today’s engineers, thanks to a curriculum taught entirely in English (courses with MAPR2xxx designation) with assistance provided to French-speaking students.

The program combines coherence and flexibility thanks to a modular structure : a specialized focus and a common core taken by all students, complemented by major and elective courses, which provides students with a specific focus to their training. Depending on the majors chosen, the student may become :

• A systems engineer who designs new products or devices with targeted properties and functions;

• A process or chemical engineer who develops new production processes and optimizes or manages production facilities;

• A combination of both.

Through these activities, the chemical and materials engineer systematically takes into account constraints, values and rules (legal, ethical or economic).

He/she is autonomous, capable of managing industrial projects and comfortable working as part of a team. He/she is able to communicate in a foreign language, English in particular.

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :

1.demonstrate mastery of a solid body of knowledge and skills in engineering sciences allowing one to solve problems related to materials and procedures (axis 1).

1.1 Identify and use concepts, laws and reasoning to solve a realistic problem.
1.2 Identify, develop and use adequate modelling and calculation tools to solve realistic and complex problems.
1.3 Verify the likelihood and confirm the validity of the results relating to a given problem.

2. organise and carry out an engineering procedure for the development of a specific material, a complex material system, a high purity product and/or complex compound or a process meeting a need or solving a particular problem (axis 2).

2.1 Analyse a problem or functional requirement of realistic complexity and formulate a corresponding specifications note. An industrial specification for a material or a process contains many elements ranging from technical demands, to economic and logistic constraints as well as legal and safety aspects.

2.2 Model a problem and design one or more original technical solutions corresponding to the specifications note.

2.3 Evaluate and classify solutions with regard to all the criteria in the specifications note: efficiency, feasibility, quality, security and interaction/integration with other processes/components.

2.4 Implement and test a solution in the form of a mock-up, a prototype, a lab or pilot module and/or a numerical model.

2.5 Come up with recommendations to improve the operationalisation of a solution under study.

3. organise and carry out a research project to understand a physical or chemical phenomenon or a new problem in materials engineering and science or chemical engineering (axis 3).

3.1 Document and summarize the existing body of knowledge in the area under consideration.

3.2 Propose a model and/or an experimental device in order to simulate and test hypotheses relating to the phenomenon under study.

3.3 Write a summary report that explains the potential of the theoretical or technical innovations resulting from the research project

4. contribute as part of a team to the planning and completion of a project while taking into account its objectives, allocated resources, and constraints (axis 4).

4.1 Frame and explain the project’s objectives (in terms of performance indicators) while taking into account its issues and constraints (resources, budget, deadlines).
4.2 Collaborate on a work schedule, deadlines and roles.
4.3 Work in a multidisciplinary environment with peers holding different points of view; manage any resulting disagreement or conflicts.
4.4 Make individual as well as team decisions when choices have to be made, whether they are about technical solutions or the division of labour to complete a project.

5. communicate effectively (orally or in writing) with the goal of carrying out assigned projects in the workplace. Ideally, the student should be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages in addition to his/her mother tongue (axis 5).

5.1 Clearly identify the needs of the client or the user: question, listen and understand all aspects of their request and not just the technical aspects.

5.2 Present arguments and adapt to the language of the interlocutors: technicians, colleagues, clients, superiors.

5.3 Communicate through graphs and diagrams: interpret a diagram, present project results, structure information.

5.4 Read and use different technical documents (rules, plans, specification notes).

5.5 Draft documents that take into account demands and conventions of the field.

5.6 Make a convincing oral presentation possibly using modern communication techniques.

6. demonstrate rigor, openness, critical thinking and a sense of ethics in your work. Using the technological and scientific innovations at your disposal, validate the socio-technical relevance of a hypothesis or a solution and act responsibly (axis 6).

6.1 Apply the standards of your discipline (terminology, measurement units, quality, security and environmental standards).

6.2 Find solutions that go beyond strictly technical issues by considering sustainable development and the ethical aspects of a project (for example, “life cycle analysis” among others).

6.3 Demonstrate critical awareness of a technical solution in order to verify its robustness and minimize the risks that may occur during implementation. (This skill is mainly developed during the graduation project which requires the critical analysis of implemented techniques as well as research for the Master’s thesis.)

6.4 Evaluate oneself and independently develop necessary skills for “lifelong learning” in the field (this skill is most notably developed through projects requiring bibliographic research).