ERIC Number: ED441356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Systems Engineering Education Module for Undergraduates.
Kuhn, Beverly T.
The purpose of this study was to develop a systems engineering educational module that could easily fit within existing transportation engineering undergraduate or technical courses in other engineering disciplines. The module is based on analysis of specific job roles and tasks of staff at various transportation agencies in Texas, and has three objectives: to define systems engineering; to relate its importance to intelligent transportation systems (ITS); and to provide basic exercises that introduce the concept of systems engineering and develop related skills. An introductory section discusses the background and purpose of the study. The next section reviews the case study analysis examining staff needs and hiring practices of transportation agencies to determine their entry-level job requirements and the skill levels expected by these agencies for new hires. The section on module development outlines the development process, including visual aids, lecture notes, and exercises. The study finds that this module addresses an educational need of the transportation profession, and can be easily incorporated into any undergraduate engineering program across the country to increase awareness and understanding of systems engineering and to encourage students to pursue transportation as a career. Appended are module presentation slides, slide notes, and the exercise. (CH)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Partnerships in Education, Systems Approach, Systems Development, Technology Transfer, Transportation
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Transportation Inst.