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Ensuring Curriculum Integrity for Engineering Technology

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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ETD Design V: Classroom Delivery, Course Content, and Assessments

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Engineering Technology

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22.631.1 - 22.631.11



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Mike Eastman Rochester Institute of Technology

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Mike Eastman is Department Chair and Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Eastman spent six years as a hardware design engineer with Intel corporation before entering academia to specialize in embedded systems design. Most recently he has been involved in curriculum development and academic calendar conversion at RIT. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology and a M.S. in Computer Science from RIT.

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Fred Walker Rochester Institute of Technology

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H. Fred Walker is Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Fred has developed and taught graduate courses in Applied Research Methods, Engineering Economy, Quality Engineering, Statistical Quality Control, Quality Systems, Design of Experiments, Manufacturing Strategies, and Project Management. He also developed and taught undergraduate courses Quality, Industrial Statistics, Statistical Quality Control, Cost Analysis and Control, Human Resource Management, Project Management, and Technical Writing.

Fred’s research agenda is focused on enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturers. In support of his research agenda, Fred has written nearly 40 refereed articles published in national and international journals. Fred also authored or co-authored several books including the Certified Quality Engineering Handbook (1st & 2nd eds.), the Certified Quality Technician Handbook, the Certified Quality Inspector Handbook, Applied Statistics for the Six Sigma Green Belt, and Statistical Quality Control for the Six Sigma Green Belt, all published by ASQ Press.

Fred completed a Ph.D. in Industrial Education and Technology and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University. He also completed an M.B.A. and a B.S. Industrial Technology from California State University Fresno.

Dr. Walker’s industrial experience includes 12 years in airborne weapons systems integration and automation, supervision and administration, project management, and program management in countries throughout the Pacific Rim, Australia, and Africa. Fred’s consulting experience includes twenty five+ years of continual involvement with internationally based manufacturers from electronics, pulp and paper, bio-medical equipment, printing, farm implements, food processing, and machined component industries. This experience has enabled Fred to earn the following professional certifications Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Software Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Hazard Analysis/Critical Control Point Auditor, Biomedical Auditor, Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, Quality Technician, Quality Inspector, Calibration Technician, Quality Improvement Associate, and Quality Process Analyst.

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Ensuring curriculum integrity for engineering technology programs during academic calendar conversionOverview:The process of academic calendar conversion provides excellent opportunities for programreview and enhancement, but is also fraught with potential pitfalls. This paper is focused onarticulating the strategy employed to facilitate a calendar conversion from academic quarters tosemesters for an institution with approximately 1700 students enrolled in ABET accreditedEngineering Technology programs. Key to the success of calendar conversion, and ultimatelystudent success, will be insuring the integrity of the curriculum. Newly developed guidelinesfor all programs emerging from calendar conversion include: cooperative/experiential educationexperiences, inclusion of academic content related to innovation and undergraduate studentresearch, viable opportunities for study abroad and international education.Major Points: Current trends, status, and institutions involved with calendar conversions globally. Risks for ET programs in calendar conversion. Strategy and guiding principles for calendar conversion. Procedural steps and timing for calendar conversion processes. Avoiding mistakes that could negatively impact the integrity of ET curricula as a result of calendar conversion.Summary:The primary message in this presentation will be that calendar conversion is a concept and trendwithin the ET, and related, communities. There is a clearly defined strategy and process forcalendar conversion. However, those strategies and processes are not without risk of misstepsand mistakes that could negatively impact the integrity of ET curricula. Maximizing thepotential benefits of calendar conversion while minimizing mistakes creates the context forunique work space that holds a great deal of promise for contributing to advances in ETcurricula.

Eastman, M., & Walker, F. (2011, June), Ensuring Curriculum Integrity for Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17912

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