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Case Study Based Course A Tool For Teaching Engineering Principles In A Non Engineering Program

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Multimedia Engineering Education,Distance, Service, & Internet-Based Approaches

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8.288.1 - 8.288.7



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Prince Anyalebechi

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Okechi Egekwu

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Session 2506

Case-Study Based Course - A Tool for Teaching Engineering Principles in a Non-Engineering Program

O. Geoffrey Egekwu#, Prince N. Anyalebechi*

#College of Integrated Science & Technology James Madison University

*Padnos School of Engineering Grand Valley State University


In the early 1990's, James Madison University developed a unique baccalaureate degree program. Called Integrated Science and Technology, the program was in response to industry need for university graduates with a broad knowledge of science and technology in conjunction with excellent computer, analytical and problem solving skills. These are well- trained undergraduates with the unique ability to manage a broad range of technologies and solve science, technology, and engineering related problems and the wherewithal to make an immediate contribution to industry. Accomplishing this goal from a teaching viewpoint required a paradigm shift in the way science and engineering courses are traditionally taught in universities. It required the design of courses with sufficient breadth, depth, technical rigor, and relevance to industry and real life. Five years ago, the authors developed a course solely based on real-life engineering problems designed to accomplish these seemingly mutually exclusive goals. In this paper, we discuss our experiences, students' reactions to the course, and some of the issues and dangers associated with this approach in a non- engineering program.

1. Introduction

In response to a call for reform in the teaching of science and technology, James Madison University started a unique baccalaureate degree program in the fall of 1993. [1,2,3] Aptly named Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), the program is an integration of the study of science, mathematics, technology, engineering principles, information and knowledge management. The goal of the program is to produce graduates with excellent problem-solving and communication skills, and the technical wherewithal to effectively deal with the potpourri of interdisciplinary and constantly changing science, technology, and management related problems in industry. Their knowledge of science, engineering, and

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

Anyalebechi, P., & Egekwu, O. (2003, June), Case Study Based Course A Tool For Teaching Engineering Principles In A Non Engineering Program Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12221

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