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Incorporating a Sustainability Module into an Introduction to Engineering CourseSustainability has become an increasingly central topic for the engineering profession. Thesustainability concept requires of all of us, as engineers and citizens, to consider much morewidely than before the impact of our own lives and of the products and services engineersdesign. Through a Department of Education funded grant, our university has initiated a longterm effort to incorporate the sustainability concept into the engineering courses.Initially, freshman engineering students at our university will be introduced to sustainabilitythrough the completion of an additional module added to their required introduction toengineering course. This traditional course includes study skills in engineering, the engineeringprofession, the engineering design process, and ethics in engineering among others. From thisadditional module, students will be able to define sustainability, to assess the sustainability oftheir individual lifestyles, and become aware of sustainability efforts on their community.During the fall semester of 2012 two sections of the introduction to engineering course are beingtaught. The first section, the experiment group, is exposed to the sustainability concept,sustainability in the engineering design process, and the strategic sustainability plan for the localCounty through presentations, hands-on exercises, and conferences where County officials willpresent their Strategic Sustainable Plan for the County. The exposition to sustainability for thesecond section, the control group, will be accomplished through lectures.Data from the two sections will be collected through surveys, exams, and presentations in orderto evaluate student attitudes toward sustainability and the level of elicitation of the concept. It isexpected that the awareness about sustainability on both the experiment and the control groupswill increase. However, the experiment group should have a better understanding of thesustainability concept.
Bedoya-Valencia, L., & Yuan, D., & Fraser, J. M. (2013, June), Incorporating a Sustainability Module into an Introduction to Engineering Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19740
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