Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Undergraduate engineering programs typically include the prescribed number of credit hours in mathematics and basic sciences to satisfy ABET accreditation criteria. When a university offers multiple engineering programs, there is likely to be strong overlap between the required math and science courses across all engineering programs, if not the same set of courses. For the remainder of the engineering program, there may or may not be courses that are common across the various engineering majors offered by the university.
XYZ University is at the brink of offering engineering programs for the very first time, with systems engineering and computer engineering as the initial two majors being offered online. While designing their curricula, a set of ‘Engineering Core’ courses is being created, that every student of engineering will be required to take. The content to be covered in these courses is identified such that it will lay a strong foundation for any engineer and introduce relevant concepts in a consistent manner, keeping in mind that there would be other engineering majors getting added in future.
There has been a lot of recent discussions within the systems engineering academic community in ASEE and INCOSE about what systems engineering should every engineer know, and benefits of providing that at an early stage. With systems engineering being one of the first two majors being offered, and with the concept of introducing an ‘Engineering Core’ for all engineering students, there is an opportunity to introduce systems thinking and systems engineering concepts to all engineers at XYZ University. This will be done in a natural intrinsic manner. For example, while a separate course on ‘systems thinking’ is being considered, systems engineering fundamentals will be embedded in the course on design.
This paper will elaborate the concept of ‘Engineering Core’ – what it will contain, and how the courses will be taught, especially online. The elements of systems thinking and systems engineering that will be included in that core, and the perceived benefits of such an approach will also be explored further.
Henry, D., & Turnitsa, C. D., & Beauchamp, C. (2018, June), Establishing an Engineering Core – What Does Every Engineer Need to Know, Particularly About Systems Engineering? Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30438
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