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Applied Engineering Technology Program’s Curriculum
Drexel University is the leading institution of higher education in the Delaware Valley and Greater Philadelphia region that offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Applied Engineering Technology (AET). The AET program was initiated as a response to job- and education-related issues expressed by government, academic institutions and industries across the nation. Since fall of 2002, Drexel has been offering its AET major in collaboration with the Delaware County Community College (DCCC) under a dual model, in which the students can pursue both associate in applied science (A.A.S.) and B.S. degrees concurrently at DCCC facilities. In fall 2004, the AET major became available to the students at Drexel wishing to pursue the B.S. degree on a full- or part-time basis. Starting in the fall of 2006, the AET major became available as a degree completion to New Jersey residents due to a new partnership between Drexel University and Burlington County College (BCC) with both full- and part-time enrollment options. The AET program’s content provides an integrated educational experience directed toward developing the ability to apply the fundamental knowledge gained in the Drexel’s Goodwin College to the solution of practical problems in the engineering technology fields. The program’s curriculum, which is comprised of Electrical, Mechanical, and Industrial concentrations, places emphasis on the application of theory rather than on derivations and proofs. The majority of courses are fully integrated with training and laboratory experience and extensive use of software and industrial case studies.
The Applied Engineering Technology (AET) program’s co-op-based curriculum offered by the Goodwin College at Drexel University is described in this work. The AET program is based on a cyclic model of the relationship between knowledge production and improvement of practice in undergraduate education and clearly distinguishes itself from traditional engineering programs in the following ways:
It forms the bridge between the engineer/scientist and the technical and/or production workforce. The curriculum places emphasis on the application of theory rather than on derivations and proofs. The majority of courses are fully integrated with training and laboratory experience, extensive use of software and industrial case studies. Faculty members with extensive industrial and academic experience support the program.
The goals of Drexel’s Applied Engineering Technology program are:
To become a national model for the delivery of high-quality, affordable, technically- oriented education by focusing on student-centered learning and the integration of hands- on laboratory and industry-based experiences.
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