Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
2004 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20-23, 2004
Old Dominion University (ODU) has developed two fundamental courses for freshmen engineering students. The first course introduces the fundamentals of the practice of engineering including innovation, creativity, design and manufacturing, commercialization, teaming skills, environmental impact, and ethics. The second course is an exploration of engineering and engineering technology disciplines with an emphasis on projects. The purpose of these courses is to engage the students in the application of engineering early in their course of study with the hope that their interest will be reinforced and the likelihood of their being retained as students will increase. The courses are divided into three five-week modules that are distributed among departments within the college. The Engineering Technology department is responsible for two of the five-week modules in the second, projects-based course. One module is comprised of the civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technology curricula and the other module is comprised of strictly civil engineering technology. This paper describes the freshmen engineering courses and outlines the projects that have been developed for Civil Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. The Civil Engineering Technology program has seen an increase in students since the implementation of this freshmen project based courses, and the program has seen an increase in interest from freshmen students.
Original Publication Citation
Lewis Jr, V. W., & Considine, C. L. (2004). Project-based freshmen engineering courses in civil engineering technology. Paper presented at the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Lewis, Vernon W. Jr. and Considine, Carol L., "Project-Based Freshmen Engineering Courses in Civil Engineering Technology" (2004). Engineering Technology Faculty Publications. 112.