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Adding 'Professional Awareness' to the Software Engineering Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Software Engineering Constituent Committee Division Technical Session 3

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Software Engineering Constituent Committee

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Dan Budny P.E. University of Pittsburgh

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Dr. Dan Budny joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty as Academic Director of the Freshman Programs and an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering in January 2000. Prior to that time he served as Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Freshman Programs at Purdue University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree from Michigan Technological University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. His research has focused on the development of programs that assist entering freshman engineering students, including academically disadvantaged students, succeed during their first year. Of particular note are the highly successful counseling and cooperative learning programs for first-year students that he created within the freshman engineering programs at Purdue University and at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Budny has numerous publications and presentations on engineering education. He is widely recognized for outstanding teaching, receiving awards at both Purdue and Pittsburgh Universities, plus national and international awards. Dr. Budny is very active in ASEE within the Freshman Programs and the Educational Research and Methods Divisions, and was on the ASEE board of directors. Dr. Budny can be reached at the University of Pittsburgh, Freshman Engineering, 126 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261; 412-624-6474. []

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Elizabeth E. Vidal Universidad Nacional de San Agustín

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This paper presents a proposal to integrate the learning skills and professional awareness in an engineering education course for the Professional School of Software Engineering at the National University of San Augustine, Arequipa - Peru. The known problems of writing and oral communication in technical careers from other engineering programs are outlined. Engineering student’s improvements reached by other engineering programs is explained and discussed as the jumping board for the development of the new course. The goals for initial professional awareness in student’s communication artifacts were related to specific Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria. A new course called Writing Articles and Research Reports (RAII) taught within the student’s major department was created emphasizing effective communication and the need for continuous learning with the understanding of ethics and professional responsibility. The constructivist approach was used to design the course and an exposition of the mapping between the design of the course and the skills that are intended to achieve is outlined in the paper. The investigation includes the student’s initial opinions regarding the impact of the new focus in the development of their professional skills and abilities.

Budny, D., & Vidal, E. E. (2016, June), Adding 'Professional Awareness' to the Software Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26518

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