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Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology

The Principles of Technology and Engineering course introduce the student to the engineering field and the technology types that may result from the engineering design process. Students also gain an understanding of the available career options in this field, and the education, experience and skills required to work in these careers. Students learn how to successfully solve problems. They become familiar with steps in the invention process and investigate ways in which engineers take an idea to a working technology, from an initial concept. They learn of real-world examples of engineering innovations, which include global civil engineering projects, environmentally friendly designs and cutting-edge medical technology. Students also learn about the relationship between science, technology and engineering. They learn how scientific knowledge is applied for the creation of technology beneficial to society. In addition, students learn how to make design modifications based on an analysis of the underlying principles from chemistry, physics, biology and earth sciences.

Objectives:

  • Understand the engineering field and technology that can result from the process of engineering design.
  • Distinguish steps in the process of engineering design and apply the process to solve problems or meet challenges.
  • Construct a prototype to present a workable solution to a problem using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Classify energy resources as nonrenewable or renewable and analyze energy efficiency and usage.
  • Recognize the health, social, economic and environmental benefits and costs of renewable energy sources in comparison to the nonrenewable sources.
  • Critique the technology resulting from the process of engineering design and suggest science-based principles for modifications.
  • Define phrases and terms associated with engineering systems and products and use these to communicate their analysis in written or oral form.
  • Identify career options in the engineering field, and explain the educational requirements and benefits for every option.

For the assignments and topics in this course, it is helpful for students to have a basic understanding of the scope of scientific investigations, which include the question types that science does and does not address. It is also useful for students to familiarize themselves with carrying out research online and be able to evaluate the credibility of online sources. Students who are not comfortable assessing the credibility of online sources may obtain information on this topic from various educational websites such as mason.gmu.edu and library.columbia.edu.

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INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AND THE DESIGN PROCESS

  • Course Overview
  • Design Opportunities All Around Us
  • Design Improvements
  • Project: Creating a Product Discussion Forum
  • Improvements of Everyday Items
  • Project: Model or Prototype Suggestion Presentation
  • Quiz 1: Introduction to Design Opportunities
  • Basic Engineering Concepts
  • Choosing Materials for Design
  • Project: Researching Materials Designs
  • Application of Materials
  • Project: Designing a Destructive Test
  • Quiz 2: Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 1: Identifying the Product or Process
  • Glossary and Credits
FLUID SYSTEMS: ENERGY AND POWER TECHNOLOGIES IN ENGINEERING

  • Fluid Power Systems
  • Fluid Power Devices
  • Project: Researching a Fluid Power System Goal
  • Designing Fluid Power Systems for Future Developments
  • Project: Creating a Fluid Power System for the Future
  • Quiz 1: Introduction to Fluid Power
  • Common Applications for Fluid Power Systems
  • Project: Identifying Fluid Power in Daily Life
  • Efficient Fluid Power Designs
  • Designing a Fluid Power Lifting System
  • Project: Designing a Fluid Power Lift System
  • Quiz 2: Fluid Power Applications and Capabilities
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 2: Incorporating a Fluid Power System
  • Glossary and Credits
MODELING AND SKETCHING

  • Introduction to Technical Sketching and Drawing
  • Project: Interview an Engineer About Sketching
  • Geometric Shapes and Solids in Engineering
  • Drawing to Scale
  • Project: Creating a Technical Sketch of an Everyday Object to Scale
  • Quiz 1: Introduction to Design and Technical Sketches
  • The Applications for Modeling in Engineering
  • Modeling and Prototypes
  • Project: Researching Model Uses in Remote or Dangerous Locations
  • Designing a Sketch Model
  • Project: Presenting a Sketch Model of a Designed Pet Toy
  • Quiz 2: Sketch Modeling
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 3: Designing a Sketch Model
  • Glossary and Credits
REVERSE ENGINEERING

  • Reverse Engineering: Visual Analysis
  • Reverse Engineering: Functional Analysis
  • Project: Creating a Function Structure Diagram or Product Teardown Chart
  • Reverse Engineering: Structural Analysis
  • Project: Creating a Morphological Matrix
  • Quiz 1: Introduction to Reverse Engineering
  • Finding the Product: The Reverse Engineering and Design Process Applied
  • Implementing the Procedure: Reverse Engineering a Product
  • Project: Reverse Engineering Documentation and Presentation
  • Calculating the Process: Materials
  • Project: Researching Materials
  • Quiz 2: Using Reverse Engineering for Product Improvement
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 4: Calculating the Process: Materials
  • Glossary and Credits
ENGINEERING TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABILITY

  • Environmental Engineering Introduction
  • Project: Researching a Local Sustainability Issue
  • Energy and Air Quality
  • Green Buildings and Green Initiatives
  • Project: LEED Ratings for Building Construction
  • Quiz 1: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Assessment and Impacts
  • Project: Researching Life Cycles for Assessment
  • Green Design Principles: Systems and Environment
  • Incorporating Green Engineering Principles
  • Project: Creating a Decision Matrix for an Environmental Issue
  • Quiz 2: Environmental Life Cycle and Green Engineering Design
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 5: Incorporating Green
  • Engineering Principles
  • Glossary and Credits
COURSE PROJECT, REVIEW, AND EXAM

  • Course Project Part 6: Conducting a Life Cycle Analysis
  • Course Review
  • Exam


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