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Implementation Of A Systems Approach For Curriculum Design

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.337.1 - 5.337.13



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Zheng-Tao Deng

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Abdul R. Jalloh

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Amir Mobasher

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Ruben Rojas-Oviedo

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Session 1566

Implementation of a Systems Approach For Curriculum Design

Ruben Rojas-Oviedo, Z.T. Deng, Amir Mobasher, A. Jalloh Mechanical Engineering Department Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL 35762 E-Mail:;;;


Nowadays, engineering professional practice has reached a substantial level of sophistication distinct from the old practices, that reflected compartmentalization . This progress has came about by a better understanding of a Systems Approach, industry’s wider acceptance of continuous improvement techniques and a faster search, acquisition, utilization, adaptation, and deployment of technological breakthroughs.

Engineering has become more interdisciplinary and team-oriented than ever before. Industry has demonstrated and supporting this new practice by re-organizing members of engineering divisions into production teams which focus on new projects, products or processes.

Professional engineering societies as well as the National Research Council and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology are amenable in supporting attention to a call to new “Best Practices” for engineering from industry (i.e. elements of a constituency). However, in established engineering programs it has become a challenge to adapt to these suggested changes at a fast pace. One of the challenges is to provide a fast track to project/design engineering while providing the strong fundamental engineering education and solid preparation in design, analysis and evaluation in a four year program. However, it is to our advantage to meet the challenge, it is critical to the success of our engineering graduates in their professional careers to “hit the mark” and meet industry’s expectations.

While there is not a universal definition of design; it is paramount to realize that engineering design brings new products/processes/systems and subsystems to the specialized consumer or the global market seeking to improve health, well-being, safety, productivity, performance and cost.

Deng, Z., & Jalloh, A. R., & Mobasher, A., & Rojas-Oviedo, R. (2000, June), Implementation Of A Systems Approach For Curriculum Design Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8435

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