ERIC Number: ED232849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Competence Development at the Cooper Union School of Engineering. Project Report.
A 3-year project was developed to increase students' abilities to perform competently as professional engineers. The project sought to infuse into existing courses concern for, practice with, and development of three competencies critical to professional success: problem-solving, communication, and value clarification. Eight elementary and advanced courses, representing about a sixth of a student's total courses were modified over the 3-year period and were taught to one or more of three successive classes of students recruited for the project. These courses included: Basic Humanities; Introduction to Politics; Mechanics; Introductory Physics Laboratory; Environmental Fundamentals; Analytic Geometry, Vectors and Matrices, and Calculus; Engineering Design and Problem Solving; and Linear Systems. This publication reports on the design and implementation of the project and the analysis of results. Included in the design/implementation section are: discussions of the three competencies and levels of proficiency, faculty training, course development, participants, and evaluation methods; a list of questions for observation and analysis during the course of the project; and a chronology of key project events. The questions are used as a framework for discussing project results. Included in the appendices are: key features of course modifications; sample excerpts from class assignments, study guides, and assignment manuals; and a student course evaluation form. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cooper Union, New York, NY.; Educational Facilities Labs., Inc., New York, NY.