June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
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Knowledge of Contemporary Issues Held By Engineering Students
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has ruled that students should have a knowledge of contemporary issues. Today, engineering is conducted on a global scale and is becoming very important for the US as well as the whole world. Therefore, every student should pursue knowledge of contemporary and past information regarding various engineering issues.
This paper presents the level of understanding of typical contemporary issues held by the engineering students. The data may be used to compare and measure the level of contemporary issues held by the students of different engineering schools.
This is a detailed study report of an investigation of students at two levels. The findings show quite different perceptions held by graduate and the undergraduate students. Nevertheless, the knowledge of contemporary issues may be less vital for engineers at the beginning of their career than at a later stage of their professional development. This is also mentioned in the analysis section included in the paper.
The present educational system was generally developed in 1950s and was suitable for that time. Today, engineering programs should be conducted on a global scale with industrial practice activities heavily required along with team work projects. Therefore, engineering students may be enrolled in programs that need fundamental changes. There also is a need for professionals to make changes in the practice of engineering. The 1986 failure of the space shuttle Challenger has become a classic example, of the conflict between engineers and managers providing the kind of dramatic tension that assists students to remember the facts and issues. It may be stated that design is a timeless endeavor and failure an ageless problem.
In order to introduce the required ABET criteria concerning knowledge of engineering and contemporary issues; the senior seminar was revised to include a section on this subject area. A questionnaire distributed to both graduate and the undergraduate class was designed to measure student perceptions of various engineering and ethical issues. This knowledge of contemporary issues held by engineering students could prove to be beneficial to them as they graduate and become employed by organizations.
Tabular results of the study are found in Tables 1 and 2. Different findings are shown below:
Koehn, E., & Chinwala, F., & Koehn, J. (2010, June), Knowledge Of Contemporary Issues Held By Engineering Students Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/15880
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