Asee peer logo

An Engineering Experiences Course For Non Calculus Freshman

Download Paper |

Conference

2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

ASEE Multimedia Session

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

8.193.1 - 8.193.7

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/12566

Download Count

18

Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Paul Johnson

author page

Harold Larson

author page

Charles Standridge

author page

Shirley Fleischmann

Download Paper |

Abstract
NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session 2793

An Engineering Experiences Course for Non-Calculus Freshman

Charles R. Standridge, Shirley T. Fleischmann, Harold T. Larson, Paul D. Johnson Grand Valley State University

Abstract

We have developed and taught several times an engineering experiences course for our non- calculus ready freshman students. Students, usually in teams, perform a series of active learning exercises that expose them to typical engineering tasks, to the various engineering disciplines, and to engineering ethics. Reading assignments allow them to explore engineering successes and failures of the past as well as strategies for doing well as an engineering student. Mathematics assignments provide an introduction to fundamental engineering concepts and calculations such as stress and strain. Weekly assignments are given that require students to provide written reactions to the readings as well as to solving basic engineering problems mathematically. The course helps build student interest and enthusiasm for their engineering education as well as assisting students to decide whether engineering is a profession that suits their interests and abilities.

1. Introduction

Approximately half of all students who declare engineering as their major upon entering Grand Valley State University (GVSU) from high school are not prepared to enroll in the first calculus course. This is due to a variety of reasons. Student may not have had the opportunity for adequate mathematics preparation or may not have the ability necessary to handle college level mathematics. They may need to improve upon their problem solving skills and other learning skills. They may need time to explore whether or not their interests and abilities are sufficient to effectively learn the mathematics and science that are prerequisite for success in engineering. They may need more exposure to engineering to make a final commitment to the intense education process that lies in front of them.

Such students have unique advising and educational needs. Thus, a fundamental issue in any engineering curriculum is how to engage these students in the engineering educational process as well as to assist them in developing the skills necessary for success while they gain the mathematics background required to begin calculus. Student interest in and enthusiasm for engineering education must be built. Through instruction and advising, students must gain the information and insight necessary to decide if their interests and abilities are well suited to a career in engineering.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Johnson, P., & Larson, H., & Standridge, C., & Fleischmann, S. (2003, June), An Engineering Experiences Course For Non Calculus Freshman Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12566

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015