2019 FYEE Conference

Benefits and Challenges of Teaching a First-Year Engineering Experience Course at a Small Campus

Presented at M2C: Learning by Design 2

This work, for a full paper consideration, covers our experience teaching a first-year engineering course at a small campus and our continuous effort in improving the course. The paper covers the main objectives of the course, which has remained fairly constant over the years, and includes helping students to better understand what engineers do, introduce them to the range of career opportunities related to the field, and exposing them to an academic experience that combines fundamental concepts of engineering design, practical experience, problem solving skills, management and communication skills, and teamwork through a hands on experience, but the methodology has changed to accommodate the external changes related to students' culture and the technology. Instructors who have taught this course have adopted the same course objectives but have used different approaches. For example, textbook was not required by all sections and sections had different hands-on project. The paper includes experiences from different instructors who have taught the course at our location, the changes that we have introduced and the reasons behind them, as well as a brief literature review. The paper also discusses challenges associated with offering the course from faculty and students prospective.

  1. Dr. Asad Azemi Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine [biography]
  2. Dr. Maria Jane Evans Penn State Brandywine
  3. Dr. Ivan E. Esparragoza Pennsylvania State University, University Park [biography]
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