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Title: The WSU Model for Engineering Mathematics Education
Url: https://engineering-computer-science.wright.edu/research/engineering-m...
Creator: Klingbeil, Nathan W.
Publisher: Wright State University
Description: The traditional approach to engineering mathematics education begins with one year of freshman calculus as a prerequisite to subsequent core engineering courses. However, the inability of incoming students to successfully advance through the traditional freshman calculus sequence is a primary cause of attrition in engineering programs across the country. As a result, the WSU model seeks to redefine the way in which engineering mathematics is taught, with the goal of increasing student retention, motivation and success in engineering.

The WSU approach begins with the development of a novel freshman-level engineering mathematics course, EGR 101 Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications. Taught by engineering faculty, the course includes lecture, laboratory and recitation components. Using an application-oriented, hands-on approach, the course addresses only the salient math topics actually used in core engineering courses. These include the traditional physics, engineering mechanics, electric circuits and computer programming sequences. The EGR 101 course replaces traditional math prerequisite requirements for the above core courses, so that students can advance in the engineering curriculum without having completed a traditional freshman calculus sequence. This has enabled a significant restructuring of the engineering curriculum, including the placement of formerly sophomore-level engineering courses within the freshman year. The WSU model concludes with the development of a revised engineering math sequence, taught by the math department later in the curriculum, in concert with College and ABET requirements. The result has shifted the traditional emphasis on math prerequisite requirements to an emphasis on engineering motivation for math, with a "just-in-time" structuring of the new math sequence.

Key components included with this resource are a lab activity, classroom activity, case study, self-guided student work, quiz/test, example problems, simulation and graphics/video.

MERC Reviewers comments: The instructor has spent considerable amount of time and effort to develop this course. I really commend the instructor for the innovativeness in using MATLAB for solving problems and relating to practical applications. I very highly recommend that this course be offered to bring about the role of mathematics in engineering education.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Engineering -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering mathematics
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Public relations -- College publicity. Recruiting
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Technology
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
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Format: html
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
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Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
Full Record Views: 15
Resource URL Clicks: 1
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