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Development Of An Integrated Mechanics Curriculum For Engineering And Engineering Technology.

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.209.1 - 3.209.8



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Paul J. Eagle

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Jonathan M. Weaver

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Roger W. Pryor

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Mukasa Ssemakula

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Session 3647

Development of an Integrated Mechanics Curriculum for Engineering and Engineering Technology. Mukasa E. Ssemakula, Roger W. Pryor, Paul J. Eagle and Jonathan M. Weaver

Division of Engineering Technology, Wayne State University/ Institute for Manufacturing Research, Wayne State University/ Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy/ Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy


Understanding of mechanics is a fundamental requirement in many areas of study in both engineering and engineering technology. This paper describes a modularized curriculum model in Mechanics designed to serve the needs of students pursuing degrees of Bachelors of Manufacturing Engineering (BME) and Bachelor of Science Engineering Technology (BSET) in Manufacturing. The curriculum provides a unified learning experience including topics in mechanical physics, statics and dynamics rather than the traditional distinct courses in these subjects. All learning experiences are rooted first in practical applications with which the students are familiar and focus on instilling an intuitive understanding of key concepts prior to the introduction of formal analytical techniques. The complete curriculum is being implemented in computer-based multimedia form, allowing for individualized self-paced learning.

1. Introduction

The Coalition for New Manufacturing Education, also called the Greenfield Coalition; is made up of Focus:Hope’s Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) - a leading edge manufacturing and education facility; academic partners University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University; as well as industrial partners Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Detroit Diesel and Cincinnati Milacron; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The goal of the Coalition is to develop a new approach to the education of technicians, technologists and engineers working in the manufacturing field. The CAT, where the students (referred to as ‘candidates’) are full-time employees, is the primary delivery site for the curriculum. The educational experience at the CAT provides candidates with a diverse technological education integrating the manufacturing resources available on the shop floor into an applications-based engineering education.

The Coalition’s overall educational model entails hands-on training in the programming, operation, maintenance, and repair of manufacturing equipment; interdisciplinary study of pertinent mathematics, science, engineering, business, and

Eagle, P. J., & Weaver, J. M., & Pryor, R. W., & Ssemakula, M. (1998, June), Development Of An Integrated Mechanics Curriculum For Engineering And Engineering Technology. Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7041

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