Developing A Fundamentals Of Engineering (Fe) Based Competency Module For A Freshman Engineering Course

Keith Williamson, Gene Dixon, Paul Kauffmann, Tarek Abdel-Salam
2006 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
The tenets of professionalism in engineering practice require that engineers function within their areas of expertise in order to benefit society. The rapid pace of technological change in today's economy challenges this notion of narrow focus by placing a premium on the multi-disciplinary skills of generalists rather than deeper , more narrowly focused skills of the specialists. As engineering students enter a marketplace characterized by rapid technological change, there is a growing need for
more » ... a growing need for educators to reconsider approaches to problem solving. New approaches would address preparing today's engineering graduates to solve problems for a broader assortment of products and processes than past generations of engineers. In emerging areas like nanotechnology, the products and processes may involve new principles that engineers learn and apply on their own. This paper reports on a freshman engineering problem-solving module developed to broaden students' perspectives on formulating and constructing their own student-made problems as a way to improve problem solving skills and assess knowledge of fundamental principles. The paper discusses students' application of elementary mechanics concepts to solve problems typically found in FE review manuals. The paper also reports on laboratory exercises that help students explore notions of competency by developing their own FE assessment questions from elementary mechanics.
doi:10.18260/1-2--161 fatcat:ucmx373p7zgcln3g4gfrh3bnve