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Integrating Engineering Economic Analysis Across the Engineering Curriculum
Karen M. Bursic, Kim LaScola Needy, James P. Wilson University of Pittsburgh
A three-phased project is underway in the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh that is aimed at integrating engineering economic analysis across the curriculum. In the first phase, an engineering economic analysis needs assessment was done. During the second phase of the project, the course content for the engineering economic analysis courses is being modified based on the needs assessment. The third phase will integrate the material into other courses in each of the school’s engineering disciplines by developing and making available (via the web) an Engineering Economic Analysis Template. In this paper, we will report on the current results of this project and propose that a similar project can be extended to other engineering schools across the country.
Engineering economic analysis is a core engineering competency that plays a vital role in decisions made by engineers. This body of knowledge is currently not well integrated into the engineering curriculum at many schools and is predominantly taught as a separate course in isolation from other courses in which the concepts can (and should) be applied.
In the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh a three-phased project is underway that is aimed at integrating engineering economic analysis across the curriculum. This research does not propose to advance the body of knowledge in the field of engineering economic analysis, rather it proposes to advance the awareness of the topic in other engineering disciplines and to more carefully integrate the material into the engineering curriculum. In the first phase, an engineering economic analysis needs assessment in the eight engineering disciplines on the University’s main campus (Oakland) and the engineering technology program at the Johnstown branch campus was done. The goals of this assessment were to identify the material in the current engineering economic analysis course content that was relevant to each discipline; identify any missing material in the current course content; identify courses in each discipline that would benefit from the integration of engineering economic analysis material; and identify example projects or decision situations in which a graduate of the discipline would be faced with an economic decision. During the second phase of the project, the course content for the engineering economic analysis courses is being modified based on the needs assessment. The third phase will integrate the material into other courses in each of the engineering disciplines by developing and making available (via the web) an Engineering Economic Analysis Template. The
Proceedings of the 2003American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Wilson, J., & Needy, K., & Bursic, K. (2003, June), Integrating Engineering Economic Analysis Across The Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12054
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