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Concepts - Week 4
Transcript of Concepts - Week 4
Concepts of Engineering
Formal Definition on p. 59 of textbook
Systematic process by which solutions to the needs of humankind are obtained.
What Is Engineering
Identification of Need
Tools – Library, Internet, Computers, Speech, Math, etc.
Iterative -- Let it live to reach optimum solution
DESIGN IS BOTH AN ART AND A SCIENCE
What Is Engineering
6 Levels of Cognitive Thinking (P. 67)
First 4 = Convergent, Last 2 = Divergent
Library, Internet, Existing Solutions, Experts
Trade Journals, Professional Organizations, Vendor Catalogs
Don’t forget – record source with the info!!
Where to Search??
How You’ll Judge Between Alternatives
Cost -- Reliability
Weight -- Appearance
Compatibility -- Safety
Noise Levels -- Feasibility
Ease of Operation -- Maintenance Req’d
Effectiveness -- Durability
Alternate Solutions – checkoff lists, brainstorming
Decision – payoff function, trade-offs, decision matrix
Final Notes on D.P.
Things to help you get it and keep it in your head
Maintenance Studying (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it)
Take Good Notes
Listen Actively (Force Yourself to Interact With Material Being Presented)
Date Everything & Keep It Together
Leave Room to Fill In Gaps After Class
Bring Required Materials
Pay Attention, Be Prepared, Ask Questions
Stick To It!!!
Don’t Procrastinate Assignments
Go Back to Notes and Fill In the Gaps
Organize Handouts Into Notebook
Prep for Next Class Period
Part of the Deal – Accept It
Less Painful if Done Promptly
Stuck? Get Help!!
Why Do You Have To Do Them?
Reinforce Lecture Material
Develop Understanding & Theory Application
Lots of Info In Chapter 6 to Help
Beats Writing Papers!
Small, Piddly Projects (SPP’s) – 2 weeks or less
Big Term Undertakings (BTU’s)
Group Projects (More On These Next Week – Stay Tuned!)
Presentations – Oral and/or Written
Voluntary – Nobody’s Gonna Make You Do It
Reduces Stress Levels as Test Times Approach
What Is It?
Reading the Text
Studying (rereading, adding to) Class Notes
Studying Problem Sets
Working Problems That (Dare I Say It??) Weren’t Assigned