ABET 2000 imposes the requirement that engineering programs demonstrate that graduates “have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context”. (Criterion 3h) The implication is that providing the “exposure” to the impact of engineering should be sufficient. However, demonstrating learning takes the process another step. Over the past few years, we have added material to several existing, traditional mechanical engineering courses and added one entirely new course in response to the requirements of ABET 2000 in general and Criterion 3h in particular. We have also introduced additional surveys, assignments and testing into these courses to assess specific aspects of student learning. This paper describes the changes in the sophomore design class, the second course in thermodynamics, the heat transfer course, and the capstone course as well as the new College course in technical communications related to the impact of engineering solutions. The assessment processes are also described.
Improving Students’ Understanding of the Impact of Engineering Solutions in a Global and Societal Context
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Bannerot, R, Wilson, C, & Kastor, R. "Improving Students’ Understanding of the Impact of Engineering Solutions in a Global and Societal Context." Proceedings of the ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 7: Engineering Education and Professional Development. Seattle, Washington, USA. November 11–15, 2007. pp. 31-37. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2007-43346
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