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The Common Course

Last modification on: 28/04/2015 - 16:34

All the engineering students from the 5 departments ( chemistry, materials engineering, chemical engineering, process engineering and industrial engineering) first have a common course semester when they enter the school.
Focused on the engineering professions, the common course provides a base of common knowledge. It gives the ENSIACET engineering students an insight into the process of matter transformation and energy.
The ability to understand different specialties is the characteristic of the ENSIACET engineer. This communicative and interdisciplinary profile is sought after by matter transformation and energy industries.


The targets of this common course are:

  • the establishment of the bases of the curriculum’s expectations: a broad openness on the professions of matter transformation and energy, the ability to discuss with persons from different specialties … in order to acquire a comprehensive view of the process of matter transformation and energy,
  • to create a school dynamic (instead of just a department dynamic) in the student life as well as in the curriculum,
  • to mix students from different educational backgrounds ( “Classes Préparatoires”, DUT,  University, etc.) who have different interests and work methods,
  • the establishment of new educational methods : team work, project-based learning, etc.
  • the realization of the curriculum objective : to acquire knowledge in order to work as an engineer and not only to graduate.

First semester common course subjects

Subjects in percentage


Physicochemical sciences


thermodynamics, kinetics, matter and heat transfers




global process and principles of the main unitary   operations


Knowledge of the process of matter transformation and energy


Mathematical tools and computer science for the engineer


programming, mathematics, numerical methods


Professional project and humanities


Physical Education, English, Professional Project, Communication

Syllabus (in french)


  • Coordinator :

Courriel : claire.joanniscassan @

  • Deputy coordinator :

Courriel :

jerome.durand @