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A New Sophomore Engineering Curriculum The Rose Hulman Experience

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.25.1 - 1.25.6



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Donald E. Richards

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Donald E. Richards Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Beginning with the 1995-1996 academic year, Rose-Hulman began offering a new sophomore engi- neering curriculum as part of its participation in the Foundation Coalition. The Rose-Hulman/Foundation- Coalition Sophomore Engineering Curriculum consists of two parallel course streams -- applied mathematics and engineering science -- and integrates material both across and within these streams. At present this cur- riculum is required of all electrical and computer engineering majors and is an option for mechanical engi- neering and civil engineering majors. The purpose of this paper is share our experiences during the devel- opment process and to introduce the curriculum. Before discussing our efforts, a few words about the Foun- dation Coalition are in order because of its role as a catalyst in our curriculum development efforts.


The Foundation Coalition was formed in the fall of 1993. It consists of seven institutions committed to reexamining and restructuring undergraduate engineering curricula to create an enduring foundation for student development and life-long learning. The framework for this change is provided by examining and reevaluating how faculty and students interact in the classroom, how students can be challenged and helped to see new links between topics, how technology can be used to improve learning, and how assessment can play a role in improving the educational process.

The members of the Foundation Coalition are committed to developing undergraduate engineering programs that will produce graduates who are committed to life-long learning; can work in teams; are de- mographically representative; can communicate effectively, understand and can apply the fundamentals of mathematics and the physical and biological sciences; can synthesize diverse knowledge bases to create so- lutions to pressing problems; can define problems, develop and evaluate alternatives, and implement solu- tions; and can use computers for analysis, design, and communication. One of the unique features of this coalition is each member’s commitment to implementing first-year, second-year, and upper-division curric- ula that support these goals.

The Foundation Coalition is funded in part by the Engineering Education Coalitions Program of the National Science Foundation. The seven member institutions are the University of Alabama, Arizona State University, Maricopa Community College District, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Texas A&M Uni- versity, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and Texas Woman’s University. Because the members of the

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Richards, D. E. (1996, June), A New Sophomore Engineering Curriculum The Rose Hulman Experience Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6211

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