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Water Resources Engineering In Freshman Clinic Laboratory

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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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6.1137.1 - 6.1137.9

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Joseph Orlins

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Session 2793

Water Resources Engineering in Freshman Clinic Laboratory

Joseph J. Orlins Civil and Environmental Engineering Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey


The first-year engineering experience at Rowan University includes a multi-disciplinary course entitled Freshman Clinic. This introductory course includes weekly lecture and laboratory sessions. The laboratory portion allows the students an opportunity to experience four engineering disciplines (Civil/Environmental, Chemical, Electrical/Computer, and Mechanical) for three weeks each. In the Civil and Environmental Engineering laboratory sessions, students are presented with a different laboratory module each of the three weeks: Environmental, Structural, and Water Resources Engineering.

To date, two different modules relating to Water Resources Engineering have been developed: one dealing with open channel flow over a weir, and the other dealing with energy conversion associated with a hydraulic turbine. In both modules, students investigate the factors affecting fluid flow in a particular engineering system, and make measurements of hydraulic phenomena. This paper describes these hands-on introductory engineering modules.


The engineering curriculum at Rowan University contains a core of Engineering Clinic classes (Clinics), which cross disciplinary boundaries and span the entire four-year undergraduate education. The origins of the Clinic program at Rowan have been described previously1. The content and nature of the Clinics vary, as shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Overview of Engineering Clinic Content Year Engineering Clinic Theme (Fall) Engineering Clinic Theme (Spring) Freshman Engineering Measurements Competitive Assessment Sophomore Discipline Specific Design Interdisciplinary Design Junior Open-ended problem solving in small teams Senior Open-ended problem solving in small teams

The four engineering programs at Rowan (Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical) have a common curriculum for the freshman year. The first

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

Orlins, J. (2001, June), Water Resources Engineering In Freshman Clinic Laboratory Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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