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Engineering Design (EDSGN)

EDSGN 015S Transformations by Design: First-Year Seminar (1) Examination of the social and environmental transformations that follow engineering design, and of the transformations of students by higher education.

EDSGN 015S Transformations by Design: First-Year Seminar (1)

Engineering design is a diverse field of study with many emerging topics and applications. The goal of this first-year seminar course is to introduce first-year students to engineering design. In turn, design is set within the essential dynamic context of technology: the transformation of the environment and society. Hence, doing design well means creating a better world and a sustainable environment. Students examine the global networks of product life cycles from extraction to disposal that is triggered by engineering design and how it affects people's lives and the environment.

Since much engineering design is integrated design that brings together the disciplines and people necessary to achieve a design solution to a given problem, this FYS provides students with a vivid glimpse of engineering careers. This is developed further by student presentations that focus on their life goals and how their expected career in a given field of engineering will help them to achieve their goals.

This course will combine lectures, discussions, teamwork, projects, and hands-on activities, with an emphasis on active learning and an examination of the transformations of technology from transducers to product life cycles.

In addition to introducing first-year students to design topics and careers in engineering, this seminar course will help incoming students develop success skills and become acclimated to University life. But higher education is also presented to the students as a transformative process that reshapes their social relationships and determines much of their future.

The course will be offered once a year in the fall semester.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.