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Society And Technology For Non Engineering Majors

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.389.1 - 1.389.7

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Robert L. Drake

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Session 2520

Society and Technology for Non-Engineering Majors

Robert L. Drake University of Tennessee at Martin


A course to introduce non-engineering students to technology and e n g i n e e r i n g is d e s c r i b e d . The course is entitled “Society and Technology” and stresses the use of digital computers in data collection, simulation, and control operations. One purpose of the course is to introduce non-engineering students to the methods, devices, and procedures of technology and engineering for reasons discussed in the paper.


For many years the engineering accrediting agencies have stressed the need for engineering students to have a minimum number of courses in humanities and social studies. During the same time it has become generally agreed that a great need exists for understanding between members of society at large and members of professions embracing technology. It seems reasonable that courses in technology should be available, or even required, for the general student population if a basis for greater understanding between society and technology is to be achieved. This seems to be particularly important considering that the ratio of non-engineering students to engineering students is usually on the order of ten to one or twenty to one in most locations. It seems to make little sense to provide a “liberalizing” element in the education of five percent, say, of the student population and completely ignore such elements in the education in the remaining ninety-five percent that constitute the “liberal arts and humanities. “

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Drake, R. L. (1996, June), Society And Technology For Non Engineering Majors Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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