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Designing Programming Courses For Et Students

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Curriculum Development in Computer ET

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7.386.1 - 7.386.8



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Anthony Trippe

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Session 3547

Designing Programming Courses For ET Students Anthony P. Trippe

Rochester Institute of Technology Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Department


Rochester Institute of Technology offers a three-course technical programming sequence for Engineering Technology students. All three courses are required for Computer Engineering Technology students. The first two courses are required for Telecommunications ET students. Electrical and Civil ET students are required to take only the first course of the sequence.

This paper reviews and discusses the events and experiences associated with the development and initial conduct of this sequence of C++ programming courses. It details how the courses were designed to assist ET students to better succeed in higher level courses taken later in their program sequence. Foundation elements of these courses include C++ procedural and object oriented grammar and syntax, programming structures and data structures. The paper illustrates how secondary elements of a technical programming course can be selected so as to additionally promote and encourage student learning of techniques for applied technical problem solving, technical writing, software engineering, project management, team dynamics and ethics.


Computer Programming skills are an important recommended part of educational program curricula in many disciplines (1), (2). Engineering Technology (ET) is no exception. Computer Competency for ET students is defined by ABET criteria (3). The criteria states:

“Engineering technicians and technologists are dependent upon the computer to effectively perform their job functions. It is therefore essential that students acquire a working knowledge of computer usage. Instruction in applications of software for solving technical problems and student practice within appropriate technical courses is required for all programs. Additionally in Baccalaureate degree programs, instruction must be included in one or more of the computer languages commonly used in the practice of engineering technology. Following formal instruction or demonstrated proficiency in computing skills, baccalaureate “Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Trippe, A. (2002, June), Designing Programming Courses For Et Students Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10357

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