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Developing an engineering and technology fundamentals course

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of an up-to-date engineering and technology fundamentals course required for all engineering technology students in the University of Houston Downtown Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree programs. The course is required for students that major in the Structural Analysis Design, Fire Protection, and Control & Instrumentation degree programs. The goal of the course is to impart an understanding of engineering and technology fundamentals. This includes the use of computer basics of Microsoft Office, Lab VIEW and Multisim. The students also complete a group project using various software packages. The focus of this paper is on the teaching techniques and the subjects presented in the course. The varied topic choices for the student project work are also discussed. Many engineering and technology programs have added and deleted a first year course that presents the fundamentals of engineering and technology. This type of course is usually added when the students entering an engineering technology program are found to lack the necessary preparation for the program courses. On the other hand, this type of fundamentals course is often deleted when programs are streamlined to reduce the total number of required program credits. Learning strategies and teaching methods used in the fundamentals course are discussed. To make the course topics seem easier a variety of methods are used. These methods include linear and non-linear proportion methods, and short-cut methods. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2009.


Department of Industrial Technology

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