“The core courses a typical mechanical engineering student will take include courses in natural sciences (physics and chemistry), mathematics, computer technology, engineering analysis, experimental methods, machine design, control, materials and mechanics and thermal sciences (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer),… through these courses, students will acquire capabilities to apply the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools to solve real-world engineering problems; to communicate and function effectively; and to engage in life-long learning and, eventually, the ability to secure, to maintain and to change professional employment or gain placement in post-graduate education, if and when desired.”
Until recently, college engineering courses focused on tradition lecture / lab curriculum to cover all the depth and breadth of topics considered essential to engineering education. In the last 10 years or so, senior projects are now a required component to include collaboration and application of theory to practical problems.
Many colleges are re-evaluating and revising their engineering degree programs.
New ideas, practices
- curriculum structure and design that promotes an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach
- industrial case studies, practical problem-based learning scenarios, online quizzes
- incorporating blended learning into the curriculum
- developing new assessment and feedback methods.
- graduates – well rounded, innovative thinkers, challenging and changing the nature of engineering