June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.1182.1 - 26.1182.18
Nanotechnology Courses for General EducationThe goals of the program to be presented are to: Address the need for greater technical awareness in the general student population Extend the breadth of nanotechnology education for science and engineering majors, and Expose both student groups to the social, economic, and ethical issues of nanotechnologies.This has been accomplished by a junior-level sequence of three courses that will bring togethertechnical and non-technical majors to jointly deal with a curriculum that includes both technicaland social aspects of this rapidly developing field. This sequence will also form the basis of ananotechnology minor with the addition of selected senior courses in different disciplines.Interdisciplinary faculty from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biology and Physics havecreated a sequence of three 300-level general education lecture courses in nanotechnology withone supporting laboratory course. Ideally the new course sequence starts with PH382 “Introductionto Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, followed by BI372 “Nanotechnology, Society andSustainability”, ECE383 “Nanotechnology: Modeling & Simulation” and the ECE449/549“Nanotechnology Laboratory” lab course, but each course can stand alone. These three lecturecourses (and the lab) will eventually form the foundation of an interdisciplinary nanotechnologyminor, and can be taken by non-majors as science courses for General Education credit. Thesecourses are tailored to support interaction between STEM (science, technology, engineering andmathematics) and non-STEM students, who will take them together. Two of the lecture coursesare “writing intensive.”General Education at this institution includes thematic “clusters” of junior courses. Students mustchoose three courses from one of these clusters which must be outside the student’s major. Thenew courses PH 382/382U, BI 372/372U and ECE 383/383U are all taught by active learningprinciples and are included in the junior Science & Liberal Arts “cluster” as SCI382, SCI 372 andSCI 383. Furthermore, the introduction of these junior level courses will establish a Nano- Scienceand Engineering base for an interdisciplinary minor for the technical students who choosedesignated advanced level courses. The minor will include advanced senior courses inparticipating departments, including especially a re-developed senior inter-departmentallaboratory course in the fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials and nanostructures.The paper reports on the student and external evaluations of the two courses that have run twiceand on the detailed syllabus and results of the laboratory course.
Morris, J. E., & Straton, J. C., & Weasel, L. H. (2015, June), Nanotechnology Courses for General Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24519
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