June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.308.1 - 14.308.18
CDIO-Based 2-Year Common Templates for ECE/ECET and for ME/MET
A new educational paradigm was recently proposed by the authors that effectively places Engineering and Engineering Technology programs within the Conceive, Design, Implement, and Operate (CDIOTM http://www.cdio.org/) professional engineering spectrum. The new model advocates that a TAC/ABET accredited, 4-year B.S. degree in ET disciplines is a logical, viable, and in fact a key component in the student’s path to entering the engineering profession and in earning degrees from Engineering Departments. If the model is adopted, it is envisioned that a new first professional engineering degree can be constructed whereby: (1) All engineering-bound students would first complete 2 years of an ET program – such as Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical ET; (2) With proper advising and mentoring, those students interested and skilled to follow the more Conceive-Design side of engineering would transfer to a Department, College or School of Engineering and complete an Engineering degree in 2, 3 or 4 additional years; if 4 years, then the Department of Education definition of a first professional degree would be satisfied; and (3) Those students interested and skilled to follow the more applied Implement- Operate side of engineering would opt to complete the BS in ET degree in 2 additional years. Several benefits include: (1) Enrollment increase in both Engineering and in ET as a result of proper advising and mentoring in the early stages of the student’s university experience; (2) Retention rate increase at the upper level; (3) Avoidance of duplication efforts and resource expenses for staffing, equipping and maintaining laboratories needed in the first 2 years; and (4) Engineering departments can better focus on advanced/graduate level education with better utilization of professorial staff.
This article examines 2-year common curriculum templates for Electrical/Computer ET and Electrical/Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical ET programs based on CDIO, and summarizes preliminary assessment results of the proposed educational model collected from industry participants. The templates assume a full-time course of study in 4 semesters after which the student selects to either complete a BS in Engineering Technology in 2 additional years, or transfer to an Engineering degree plan which may be 2-, 3-, or 4-years long. Both plans are assumed to be constructed so as to be ABET Accredited by the appropriate Commission. The individual templates are being presented in separate articles at this conference through the corresponding IEEE and ASME Divisions. The templates are offered as a starting point to encourage further discussion.
Barbieri, E., & Shireen, W., & Attarzadeh, F., & Pascali, R., & Ramos, M., & Fitzgibbon, W. (2009, June), Cdio Based Two Year Common Templates For Ece/Ecet And For Me/Met Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5664
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