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Physics 210: Introduction to the Engineering Profession

This Fall semester, non-mathematical course examines the nature of the engineering profession and the role of the engineer in society and is suitable for someone who desires to become an engineer or who is just interested in the engineering profession.  Topics covered include professional engineering organizations, different career options in engineering, self-examination in regard to succeeding in the classroom and as an engineer, the engineering design process, problem solving and communication, and professional ethics and responsibility.

Course Objectives

  1. Appraise strategies and techniques for success as an engineering student.
  2. Apply effective time management techniques.
  3. Use the scientific method and effective problem solving.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and present community of engineering professional societies.
  5. Apply effective oral, graphical, and written communication, basic techniques for preparing reports and papers, fundamental strategies for preparing an oral presentation, and methods for doing research.
  6. Demonstrate the importance of team work, the various compositions of a technological team and ways to make teams work.
  7. Analyze different learning styles and differences of opinion in the work place.
  8. Differentiate the many fields of engineering.
  9. Analyze the different facets of careers in education, government, business, and industry.
  10. Perform safety and risk assessment.
  11. Demonstrate mastery of the definitions of quality assurance and quality control and their relevance in the work place.
  12. Analyze responsible decision-making in engineering design and quality.
  13. Examine the engineering design process.
  14. Compare and contrast different technological tools available in engineering.