Observations on an introductory engineering course and suggestions for enhancement

TitleObservations on an introductory engineering course and suggestions for enhancement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsKalkani, EC, Boussiakou, LG
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Date Published2003
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03043797
KeywordsENGINEERING , Higher
AbstractThis paper considers an introductory engineering course that surveys engineering success, engineering design and ethics, EXCEL and MATLAB. Concerns and comments of students who took the course are addressed by employing existing successful theories of learning applied in similar situations and observing the students' characteristics and performance. The course improvements include early lectures by the instructor on engineering design and design tools and stressing the need for EXCEL and MATLAB. The improvements also include the assignment of problems in calculus and physics to be solved with EXCEL and MATLAB, the focus on issues according to the interests of students in the different engineering disciplines, and the emphasis on oral and writing presentation skills. Further, the improvements include the motivation of students in understanding the ABET engineering criteria and in developing enthusiasm towards their engineering studies.
NotesKalkani, Efrossini C. Boussiakou, Leda G.; Source Info: Sep2003, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p317; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: ENGINEERING design; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics; Subject Term: HIGHER education; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541330 Engineering Services; Number of Pages: 13p; Illustrations: 2 Charts, 3 Graphs; Document Type: Article