Sophomore Engineering Curricula DOWNLOAD BROCHURE: Pdf | MS Word
 

Foundation Coalition Curricula

Two partner institutions in the Foundation Coalition have substantially modified their engineering science curricula using the conservation and accounting framework.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
The Sophomore Engineering Curriculum (SEC) is a required eight-course sequence of engineering science and mathematics courses completed during the sophomore year. The SEC covers dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical circuits, system dynamics, differential equations, matrix algebra, and statistics.

 

Texas A&M University
The sophomore engineering science sequence consists of five engineering science courses. Each major selects courses from the sequence that will be required for the major.

One-page Introductions
The following one-page introductions are available in PDF format.

Extensive Overview
The extended white paper describes the conservation and accounting framework and various curricular implementations that have offered using the framework.

Workshops
Foundation Coalition faculty members offer workshops that may be hosted on your campus. The length of each workshop varies from two hour to two days depending on the desired depth and degree of interactivity.

  • Conservation and Accounting Framework: A Unified Approach to Engineering Science

Introduction
The conservation and accounting framework for engineering science structures topics around several common concepts to help students (1) grasp relationships between apparently disparate concepts and (2) apply a common and powerful problem-solving methodology for a wide range of physical situations. The basic concepts introduced here have been used by the Foundation Coalition to create innovative engineering science courses that cover statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, circuits, and system dynamics.

Some of the basic concepts are

Resources
To help other faculty members learn more about the conservation and accounting framework and its curricular implementations, the Foundation has prepared or is preparing the following tools

  • One-page Introductions - These compact summaries help faculty members become quickly acquainted with the essential elements of the frameworks and curricula that make up the efforts to restructure engineering science curricula.
  • Extensive overview - The extended white paper describes the conservation and accounting framework and various curricular implementations that have offered using the framework.
  • Workshops - Foundation Coalition faculty members offer workshops that may be hosted on your campus. The length of each workshop varies from two hour to two days depending on the desired depth and degree of interactivity.

Are you looking for ways to improve your students' problem-solving abilities and see connections between topics? Are you revising your curriculum? Are you intrigued by these ideas? The Foundation Coalition would like to help you explore these ideas by sharing our experience in developing courses and curricula based on this approach. For questions or suggestions on where to start, contact Don Richards (812-877-8477) or Jeffrey Froyd (979-845-7574) or visit the Foundation Coalition Web site.