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An Assessment and Problem Solving Approach




ISBN 9781498747486
Published February 18, 2016 by CRC Press
438 Pages 50 Color & 227 B/W Illustrations

 
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Developed for the Ultimate Introductory Engineering Course

Introduction to Engineering: An Assessment and Problem-Solving Approach incorporates experiential, and problem- and activity-based instruction to engage students and empower them in their own learning. This book compiles the requirements of ABET, (the organization that accredits most US engineering, computer science, and technology programs and equivalency evaluations to international engineering programs) and integrates the educational practices of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The book provides learning objectives aligned with ABET learning outcomes and AAC&U high-impact educational practices. It also identifies methods for overcoming institutional barriers and challenges to implementing assessment initiatives. The book begins with an overview of the assessment theory, presents examples of real-world applications, and includes key assessment resources throughout.

In addition, the book covers six basic themes:

  • Use of assessment to improve student learning and educational programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Understanding and applying ABET criteria to accomplish differing program and institutional missions
  • Illustration of evaluation/assessment activities that can assist faculty in improving undergraduate and graduate courses and programs
  • Description of tools and methods that have been demonstrated to improve the quality of degree programs and maintain accreditation
  • Using high-impact educational practices to maximize student learning
  • Identification of methods for overcoming institutional barriers and challenges to implementing assessment initiative

A practical guide to the field of engineering and engineering technology, Introduction to Engineering: An Assessment and Problem-Solving Approach serves as an aid to both instructor and student in developing competencies and skills required by ABET and AAC&U.

Table of Contents

ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Engineering and Technology Professions
Engineering and Engineering Technology
Employment Outlook
Skills and Competencies (What Employers Are Looking For)
Engineering Disciplines
Professional Engineering License
Professional Engineering Organizations
Summary
Bibliography

Engineering Education

What Is Engineering?
Engineering Education
ABET Accreditation
Curriculum Mapping
Assessment and Continuous Improvement
High-Impact Educational Practices
Plan of Study
Summary
Bibliography

How to Learn

Introduction
Metacognition
Types of Knowledge
Study Skills/Metacognitive Learning Strategies
Learning Styles
Teaching Styles
Time Management
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Learning Pyramid
Skill-Based Learning
Summary
References

ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS

Computer-Aided Design

Introduction
Advantages of CAD
CAD Software
Drawings in SketchUp Pro
Orthographic Drawings in CAD
Preparing Model for LayOut
Dimensioning Orthogonal View
L-Bracket Design
ABET Program outcomes
Review Questions

Statics

Introduction
Scalars and Vectors
Equilibrium of Forces
Moment, Couple, Torque
Free-Body Diagram
Centroids and Center of Gravity
Moment of Inertia

Materials Engineering

Introduction
Metals
Ceramic Materials
Polymers
Composite Materials
Conclusion

Design and Analysis

Introduction
Stress and Strain
Uniaxial Loading and Deformation
Maximum Normal Stress Theory
Pressure Vessel
Shear Stress
Stress in Beams
Buckling in Column
Thermodynamics
Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics

PRODUCT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Electric Circuits and Components

Introduction
Understanding Electricity
Circuit Components
Circuit Symbols and Schematic Design
Understanding Circuits
Resistors
Capacitors
Inductors
Diodes
Transistors
Integrated Circuits
Summary

Engineering Economics

Introduction
Nominal and Effective Interest Rate
Effect of Time and Interest on Money
Present, Annual, and Future Worth Analysis
Rate of Return Analysis
Decision Making

ENGINEERING PROFESSION

Probability and Statistics

Introduction
Probability
Statistics
Statistics in Organizations
Data

Computer Programming
Importance of Programming
Languages and Applications
Algorithm Development
Comments and Documentation
Reserved or Keywords
Variables, Constants, and Their Data Types
Input and Output
Assignment and Arithmetic Operators
Conditional Expressions
Selection Statements
Loop Structures
Functions and Procedures
Testing and Debugging
Summary

Product Design and Development

Introduction
Overview of the Design Process
Definition of the Problem
Product Development Process
Product Design
Objectives of Design and Development Techniques
Techniques That Can Be Used in Product Design and Development
Summary
Bibliography

Manufacturing Processes

Introduction to Machines
Metal-Forming Processes and Metal-Cutting Processes
Machines and Tools
Machine Process Flow
Welding and Cutting
Review Questions

Engineering and Society

Social Influence in a Globalized World
Evolution of Social Norms and Technology
Emerging Social Norms in Social Networking
Political Influence
Learning from Tragedy: The Fukushima Disaster
Lessons from Fukushima
Pursuit of Social Understanding
References

Engineering Ethics

Introduction
Ethics in Engineering Education
Ethics in Engineering Profession
References

Communication and Teamwork

Essential "Soft" Skills in a Globalized Workforce
Communication
Teamwork Essentials
References

Appendices

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Author(s)

Biography

Dr. Quamrul H. Mazumder received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Passionate about learning, Dr. Mazumder joined a full-time teaching position in the engineering technology department at Pittsburgh State University. Later he joined the University of Michigan-Flint, where he currently serves as the associate chairman for the department of computer science, engineering, and physics. Dr. Mazumder has 15 years of teaching experience in engineering and engineering technology. His research includes student learning, motivation, metacognition, teaching and learning styles, quality of higher education, globalization of education, and other related areas.

Reviews

"While this book covers a large amount of topics in engineering/engineering technology education and professions, from what I’ve read, each topic is concisely and practically written, and well organized. I also appreciate the diversity in background and skill of the engineering professionals that shared their experiences in this book. In addition to providing guidance to engineering/engineering technology students and educators, this book can serve as an excellent reference book for high school/college academic advisors and career counselors, parents, or anyone who’s interested to learn more about the engineering/engineering technology education and professions.
—Yiheng Wang, Lone Star College – CyFair, The Woodlands, Texas, USA

"The material covered in the textbook is well organized and thoroughly documented. I particularly like the detailed statements from engineers working in industry. This provides very useful perspectives for students. I also like that the author provides a summary of many subjects required by most engineering/engineering technology programs. This book could become a key supplemental (reference) text for students as they work their way through their program."
—Rob Speckert, Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio, USA