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Establishing A Community College Pathway to Baccalaureate Systems Engineering Programs

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Programs in Support of Systems Engineering Education

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Systems Engineering

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23.545.1 - 23.545.15



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Susan K Donohue University of Virginia

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Susan Donohue is a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, and an adjunct assistant professor of engineering in the Business, Technology, and Mathematics Division at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Her engineering education interests include the teaching of design, creativity and curiosity; engineering misconceptions and remediation; K-12 outreach; spatial skills development; and STEAMd integration in K-20 engineering education.

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Ali Bouabid Piedmont Virginia Community College

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Establishing A Pipeline to Undergraduate Systems Engineering Programs: A Qualitative Case StudyA fundamental principle guiding curriculum design at our community college is to offer coursesa student would take in his/her second year at target universities to minimize the chance that s/hewould be on the “five (plus) year plan” after transfer. This model has worked well forprospective electrical and mechanical majors. We describe how the model is implemented forprospective systems engineering majors in the proposed paper. Planning for this new set ofcourses took place in Fall, 2011; the pilot of the Introduction to Systems Engineering courseoccurred in Spring, 2012. The course is consciously structured after the introductory course at anearby university; this university is the transfer target for a majority of our students. Thesyllabus, however, is modified to prepare students for study in other undergraduate programs insystems engineering. A comparison of the syllabi and schedules will be provided. To evaluatethe degree to which the pilot succeeded in providing an experience comparable to that in theuniversity’s introductory course, student artifacts from both courses will be qualitativelycompared. Finally, we will offer student reflections on their experiences and course utility asthey prepare to transfer to university systems engineering programs. It is our hope that ourmodel will inspire adoption by other community college – university partnerships as a means ofincreasing the number of students prepared for careers in systems engineering.

Donohue, S. K., & Bouabid, A. (2013, June), Establishing A Community College Pathway to Baccalaureate Systems Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19559

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