June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
The I-Series courses are a signature component of the General Education program (GenEd) at the University of Maryland (UMD). The I-Series program covers all disciplines at the university and all undergraduate students are required to complete at least two I-Series courses as part of their degree program. A full redesign of the UMD GenEd program was started in 2009 with implementation of the new program beginning in 2012. The A. James Clark School of Engineering at UMD now plays a significant role and offers courses throughout the GenEd program, a significant departure from the previous general education program that had been in place for more than 25 years and where the engineering college had played a very minor role. In particular, the engineering college now participates actively in the I-Series program (among other GenEd components). The courses engineering college teaches in the I-Series program arose out of a previous program called the Marquee Courses in Science and Technology which was started in 2007. The success of the precursor Marquee courses led directly to the formation of the I-Series program and expansion of the program to include all disciplines. The program arose from the realization of the following issues: - Many non-science/non-engineering students enroll at UMD with sufficient AP credits to place out of all campus requirements in science/technology. - This was resulting in some top students never taking a science or engineering related class during their UG degree education. - There is a need for science/engineering courses that non-majors want to take on topics of broad interest. These courses should not be a required introductory course for majors but unique stand-alone courses that expose students to a major problem or question that can be addressed through the underlying discipline. - The University wants students to be technologically literate so as future leaders they have the ability to understand and make decisions that involve technological solutions The engineering college agreed to offer up to 500 seats per year in the I-Series program, with the enrollment targeted for freshman and sophomore students from majors outside of engineering and the sciences. A partial list of I-Series courses include: BIOE289A, Designing a Sustainable World; ENCE189I Managing Natural Disasters: Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis and Fires; ENCE289I Engineering in the Developing World; ENCE289 Transportation Innovation: Planes, Trains and Automobiles; ENEE131 The Future of Technology: Sustainable Development or Sensational Disaster?; ENMA150 Materials of Civilization; and ENEE133 Engineering and Modern Medicine: The Body as a Machine.
Details of the structure and implementation of the courses ENMA150 Materials of Civilization and ENEE133 Engineering and Modern Medicine: The Body as a Machine will be given.
Briber, R. M., & Gomez, R. D. (2017, June), Teaching Engineering in the General Education Program at the University of Maryland Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28913
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