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Understanding Engineering And Technology For Liberal Education

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.452.1 - 2.452.4



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Young Je Yoo

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Tae Yu Kim

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Ki-Jun Lee

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Byung Gee Lee

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Session 2360

Understanding Engineering and Technology for Liberal Education

Young Je Yoo*, Byung Gee Lee, Tae Yu Kim and Ki-Jun Lee College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Korea

Abstract It is important to introduce philosophy, basic concept and importance of engineering and technology to non-engineering major students as well as engineering major students. A novel course "Understanding of Engineering and Technology" was open as a part of liberal education at Seoul National University. Sixteen faculties in engineering college participated in preparing a text book and making lectures. The lectures were performed for one semester and the course was evaluated by the students as being easy and useful. Even though some improvement is still required, this activity can be extended to high school students and engineering major students.

Introduction Engineering and technology are changing our society in every aspect of our daily life. It is therefore important to understand engineering and technology to live in high- technology society. Some examples of such requirement are in the areas of computers, information and communication, biotechnology, new materials, environment and robotics.

For the development of engineering and technology and for the engineers to be highly respected in this society, the importance of engineering and technology is to be recognized and appreciated from the society as well as from the engineers. Recently, interdisciplinary works relating to engineering and technology are becoming more and more important especially in socio-technological area, patent law, environment, techno- policy, education and medical fields. It is thus important to educate basic concept and recent advances in engineering and technology to the students whose majors are not engineering. They can not only perform their roles better in high technology society, but also, we hope, support the development of engineering and technology based on the understanding of engineering and technology. In these respects, the College of Engineering at Seoul National University has opened a course on engineering and technology at the university level.

Course Development As a part of liberal education, a new course named "Understanding of Engineering and Technology" with 3-credit hours was approved from the University. There are many courses in natural science field which are open and recognized as liberal education. Very few course had been introduced for this purpose in engineering field (only one: "Energy

Yoo, Y. J., & Kim, T. Y., & Lee, K., & Lee, B. G. (1997, June), Understanding Engineering And Technology For Liberal Education Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6849

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