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Gains in Engineering-Related Skills Achieved by Students in Technological and Engineering Literacy Minors

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Experience in Assessing Technological Literacy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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23.631.1 - 23.631.13



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John Krupczak Hope College

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Professor of Engineering, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Former Chair of the ASEE Technological Literacy Division, Former Chair of the ASEE Liberal Education Division, CASEE Senior Fellow 2008-2010.

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Mani Mina Iowa State University

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Gains in Engineering-Related Skills Achieved by Students in Technological and Engineering Literacy MinorsAbstractThe need for a greater understanding of engineering and technology by non-engineers is widelyrecognized as important for both a well-rounded education and economic competitiveness. Inresponse to this need, some engineering programs are offering courses to improve thetechnological and engineering literacy of non-engineers. Many of these engineering andtechnological literacy courses have become well-established and popular among non-engineers.A key issue in these courses is the extent to which non-engineers develop engineering-relatedskills and abilities in such courses.This work reports results obtained regarding increases in engineering-related skills byundergraduate students who are not engineering majors. The results are from students at a four-year college and a research university. The non-engineers were successful in using systematicand quantitative methods such as a decision matrix to evaluate options and technological trade-offs. In addition, the non-engineers, when surveyed, expressed a recognition and appreciation ofthe value of systematic and quantitative methods compared to their ability to make similardecisions without the use of engineering methods. The non-engineers also showed increases intheir abilities to explain technological systems including recognition of key underlyingprinciples, identification of major components, and consistent descriptions of system operation.This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under award: DUE-0920164.

Krupczak, J., & Mina, M. (2013, June), Gains in Engineering-Related Skills Achieved by Students in Technological and Engineering Literacy Minors Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19645

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