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The Integration Of Knowledge In The Mechanical Engineering C Sareer

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1021.1 - 6.1021.10

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Elsa Napoles

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Session 2793

The integration of knowledge in the Mechanical Engineering career

Elsa Nápoles University of Camaguey, Cuba


The integration of knowledge into the scientific and academic disciplines is being increased as a consequence of the scientific and technological achievement and the complex problems that must be solved by the society. This paper presents a study of the trenches on the integration of knowledge in the mechanical engineering disciplines and its relationship with this specialty. A holistic curriculum model based upon the integration of knowledge and the student’s professional skills is obtained. This model has a new approach in the introduction of new subjects (knowledge), in the solution of professionals problems, and in the link between the University and the society. The theoretical basis of this model can be found in the Higher education Didactics laws , the sociological relationship : society – curriculum – university, and the Vigotski’s historically – cultural approach. The author shows the implementation of the new methodology in one discipline of the specialty and its curriculum assessment . The ending results have been positive as much in the career as in other disciplines where the curricular methodology has been applied.

I. Introduction

The integration of knowledge is needed for the contents determination in the engineering curriculum due to the own characteristics of the engineering process, which is an integrated process and to the increased volume of the scientific technological information as well as the growing interdisciplinary problems.

The Applied Mechanics discipline in the curriculum of mechanical engineering at the University of Camaguey consists of seven courses. But each one does not solve the professional problems up to the end of the courses. This discipline offers important concepts, laws, mechanical models and properties about the subject matter in mechanical engineering (machines, industrial equipment and installations), which will be used by other disciplines. In this way, the knowledge system of this discipline was divided.

The main objective of this paper is to establish a model of integration of knowledge and its application in one discipline of the mechanical engineering curriculum :the Applied Mechanics discipline.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Napoles, E. (2001, June), The Integration Of Knowledge In The Mechanical Engineering C Sareer Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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