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Undergraduate Integrated Engineering & Business Curriculum In The College Of Engineering

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Interdisciplinary Approaches

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9.1335.1 - 9.1335.9

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Robert Dunn

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John Brauer

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Session 2439

Undergraduate Integrated Engineering & Business Practice Curriculum in the College of Engineering

Robert M. Dunn, Ph.D. , John M. Brauer

College of Engineering University of Notre Dame


The College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame has completed the third year of teaching its undergraduate Integrated Engineering & Business Practice Curriculum. The curriculum was developed as a response to corporate and parental requests for a more comprehensive engineering education. The curriculum is taught in an elective two course sequence to all disciplines of undergraduate engineers. The objective of the curriculum is to enhance the effectiveness of the engineering graduates through an understanding of the dynamics of corporate processes.

The first course in the sequence, Fundamentals of Integrated Engineering & Business, introduces the students to corporate financial reporting including balance sheets, income and expense and cash flows. Human resources processes, management fundamentals, project management, stage- gate development processes, supply chain management and quality topics are also covered. The course incorporates at least four guest speakers to close out the major topics and a breakfast opportunity with a corporate executive.

Advanced Topics in Integrated Engineering & Business builds on the foundation created in the “Fundamentals” course to build an understanding of the interrelationships of corporate functions. The course also develops the student’s personal skills beneficial to career success. Topics studied include a team based internet competitive business simulation CAPSTONE Management Simulation, effective business presentations, building business cases, emotional intelligence competencies and intellectual property. The course concludes with student presentations on contemporary business topics of globalization, outsourcing, leadership, and successful business models. A field trip to a company site is also included in the advanced course.

The curriculum was developed with the assistance of an academic and industrial advisory committee. The elective courses have been popular with over 55% of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 engineering graduates taking the fundamentals course. The courses have been consistently rated

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Dunn, R., & Brauer, J. (2004, June), Undergraduate Integrated Engineering & Business Curriculum In The College Of Engineering Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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