June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computers in Education
24.1223.1 - 24.1223.10
Theoretical understanding versus sensitivity analysis and uncertainty propagation techniquesDue to pressure from many state legislatures reducing credit hour limits with a set of mandatory corecourses, science and engineering discipline curricula have optimized and downsized the topics coveredin degree programs. Many secondary skills such as computer programming, numerical methods, finiteelements, and stochastic analysis have been dropped completely from the curricula or minimallycovered through the inclusion of commercial software packages. While these skills are not specific to aparticular discipline the authors opine they constitute fundamental knowledge, similar to calculus, inwhich all engineers should have competence. This paper presents the advantages and disadvantages ofreplacing the theoretical competence of these secondary skills with high level commercial software bothfrom instructional and programmatic viewpoints. The paper will explore several scenarios that mayoccur as the engineering profession moves into the future evermore dependent on software to performengineering calculations and in some cases replace engineering judgment.
Morse, S. M., & Morse, A. N., & Uddameri, V., & Hernandez, E. A., & Ernst, D. L. (2014, June), The Impact of Reducing Numerical Methods and Programming Courses on Undergraduate Performance Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23156
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