ERIC Number: ED232850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Competence Development at the Cooper Union School of Engineering. Course Development and Course Materials.
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. This report contains an essay on developing professional competence courses and the materials actually used in three courses. It is designed to assist faculty members at other engineering schools in modifying their own courses, by providing some of the philosophical underpinings of competence development and assessment, and by providing in-depth examples of their application to the three courses. The courses described are: (1) Engineering Graphics (including course introduction, course schedule/outline, and course modules); (2) Introduction to Politics (including course introduction, summary course outline, and course assignments by week with detailed course outline segments); and (3) Environmental Fundamentals (including course introduction, technical syllabus, and course assignments and projects with competence component). The latter course focuses on air pollution, water pollution, and environmental law. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cooper Union, New York, NY.; Educational Facilities Labs., Inc., New York, NY.