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Fundamental Competencies

Preparing the 21st Century Engineer

A. Bruce Dunwoody, Patrick J. Cramond, Susan Nesbit, Carla Paterson, and Tatiana Teslenko

Publication Date - May 2006

ISBN: 9780195422177

188 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

An innovative and accessible text that introduces first-year engineering students to the profession.

Description

Fundamental Competencies: Preparing the 21st Century Engineer is an innovative and accessible textbook that introduces first year engineering students to the practice of engineering. It focuses on the development of a broad range of skills--from the 'soft' skills of teamwork and communication to the 'hard' skills of engineering design and mathematical modelling--and presents these as 'fundamental competencies' that all engineers must master in order to be successful. By using a fictious company, Brunel Group, students are exposed to situations that will likely arise in their careers as engineers.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    1.1. Company Background
    1.2. Competencies
    1.3. Projects
    PART I: CONCERNING OTHERS
    2. Acting Ethically
    2.1. Introduction
    2.2. Ethics in Engineering
    2.3. The Expansion of Engineering Ethics
    2.4. Micro-Ethical Issues
    2.5. Macro-Ethical Issues
    2.6. Exercises
    2.7. References
    3. Working on a Team
    3.1. Introduction
    3.2. A New Paradigm
    3.3. What Is a Team?
    3.4. Team Development
    3.5. Team Roles
    3.6. Team Diversity
    3.7. Managing Conflict
    3.8. Exercises
    3.9. References
    PART II: COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY
    4. Communicating Principles
    4.1. Communicating as an Engineer
    4.2. Informative and Persuasive Communication
    4.3. The Communication Process
    4.4. Purpose
    4.5. Audience
    4.6. Content and Organization
    4.7. Style
    4.8. Document Design and Format
    4.9. Exercises
    4.10. References
    5. Communicating: Applications
    5.1. Engineering Documentation
    5.2. Graphics
    5.3. Oral Communication
    5.4. Exercises
    5.5. References
    6.1. Introductionechnical Drawing Skills
    6.2. Perspectives
    6.3. Lines
    6.4. Dimensioning
    6.5. Sectioning
    6.6. Drawing Organization and Control
    6.7. Other Drawing Types
    6.8. Computer-Aided Drafting
    6.9. Exercises
    6.10. References
    PART III: CREATING SOLUTIONS
    7. Mathematical Modelling
    7.1. Introduction
    7.2. Assumptions
    7.3. Relationships
    7.4. Variables
    7.5. Components and Phrases
    7.6. Validation
    7.7. Solution Strategies
    7.8. Example
    7.9. Exercises
    7.10. References
    8. Engineering Failure
    8.1. Introduction
    8.2. Definitions
    8.3. Identification
    8.4. Prevention--Factor of Safety
    8.5. Controlling
    8.6. Exercises
    8.7. Reference
    9. Designing Engineering Solutions
    9.1. Introduction
    9.2. Recognition of Need
    9.3. Problem Definition
    9.4. Information-Gathering
    9.5. Generation of Conceptual Solutions
    9.6. Concept Selection
    9.7. Concept Refinement
    9.8. Implementation
    9.9. Communication
    9.10. Last Words
    9.11. Exercises
    9.12. References
    10. Assessing Projects
    10.1. Introduction
    10.2. Assessing Projects and Engineering
    10.3. The Decision-Making Environment
    10.4. The Strategic Plan
    10.5. The Process of Assessing Projects
    10.6. Decision Statement
    10.7. Goals
    10.8. Alternatives
    10.9. Identifying Indicators
    10.10. Assessment
    10.11. Recommending a Project
    10.12. Summary
    10.13. Exercises
    10.14. References
    Index