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Koen, Billy Vaughn – 1985
In an effort to more clearly define the engineering method, this document attempts to draw distinctions between engineering and science. Part I, "Some Thoughts on Engineering," discusses strategies that engineers employ to solve problems, and the characteristics of the types of engineering problems. Part II, "The Principal Rule of the Engineering…
Descriptors: Definitions, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Engineers
Koen, Billy Vaughn – Engineering Education, 1987
Proposes that there is a universal method for all realms of knowledge. Reviews Descartes's definition of the universal method, the engineering definition, and the philosophical basis for the universal method. Contends that the engineering method best represents the universal method. (ML)
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, College Science, Engineering, Engineering Education
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Koen, Billy V. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 1988
Describes a preliminary definition of engineering method as well as a definition and examples of engineering heuristics. After discussing some alternative definitions of the engineering method, a simplified definition of the engineering method is suggested. (YP)
Descriptors: College Science, Definitions, Engineering, Engineering Education
Koen, Billy V. – Engineering Education, 1973
Discusses the possible reason for engineering students' lack of interest in the humanities, the importance of humanistic and social science courses in the engineering profession, and a proposed solution to such issues. (CC)
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineers, Higher Education, Humanities
Koen, Billy V. – Journal of Engineering Education, 1971
Descriptors: Behavior Change, College Faculty, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Behavior
Koen, Billy; And Others – Engineering Education, 1985
Discusses the Keller Plan or personalized system of instruction (PSI), a mastery-oriented, self-paced, modular teaching strategy using student/peer proctors. Success for PSI in chemical engineering, operations research, electrical engineering, and nuclear engineering courses is explained. (DH)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Engineering, Engineering Education, Higher Education
Koen, Billy Vaughn – Engineering Education, 1984
Defines the engineering method by: (1) giving a preliminary definition and examples of its essential term (heuristics); (2) comparing the definition to a popular alternative; and (3) presenting a simple form of the definition. This definition states that the engineering method is the use of engineering heuristics. (JN)
Descriptors: Definitions, Engineering, Engineering Education, Heuristics
Koen, Billy V. – Engineering Education, 1986
State-of-the-art is a concept fundamental to the art of engineering. The definition, evolution, and transmission of the term are discussed. Several examples of its use are provided. (JN)
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Fundamental Concepts, Higher Education
Koen, Billy V. – J Eng Educ, 1970
A teaching strategy called personalized system of instruction has been developed in which all elements are carefully chosen and interrelated to maximize student learning. (IR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Engineering Education, Experimental Teaching, Learning Processes
Koen, Billy V. – Engineering Education, 1973
Discusses three approaches for constructing the Keller plan (PSI) units including the equal difficulty,'' the logical, and the reinforcement'' unit. Describes systematical reduction in the number of study aids and ample use of student feedback as two characteristics essential to the PSI approach. (CC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Learning Problems