Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework


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Florida Department of Education

Student Performance Standards




Course Title: Applied Engineering Technology I

Course Number: 8401110

Course Credit: 1




Course Description:

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology and prepares them for postsecondary engineering programs by developing a more in-depth mastery of the associated mathematics, science, and technology knowledge and skills. The course also includes essential concepts of technology and design, as well as concerns about the social and political implications of technological change.




  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology. – The student will be able to:




    1. Discuss the nature and development of technological knowledge and processes.

    2. Explain the rapid increase in the rate of technological development and diffusion.

    3. Conduct specific goal-directed research related to inventions and innovations.

    4. Discuss current technological developments that are/were driven by profit motive and the market.

    5. Explain how technological progress promotes advancement of science and mathematics.

    6. Describe ways in which technology helps to shape social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of society.

    7. Describe how the development of many tools and machines were based more on technological know-how rather than scientific knowledge.




  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of technology. – The student will be able to:




    1. Explain systems thinking and the relationship between logic, creativity, and compromise in solving complex problems.

    2. Describe technological systems and their role within larger technological, social, and environmental systems.

    3. Describe the trade-offs between competing values (e.g., availability, cost, desirability, waste, et al) in the selection of resources.

    4. Identify the criteria and constraints of a product or system and determine how they affect the final design and development.

    5. List strategies for optimizing a technological process or methodology of designing or making a product, dependent on criteria and constraints.

    6. Identify new technologies that create new processes.

    7. Describe a quality control process to ensure that a product, service or system meets established criteria.

    8. Describe management and associated dynamics as they relate to technological development.




  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the attributes of design. – The student will be able to:




    1. Describe the essential activities that comprise the design process.

    2. Write a problem statement in sufficient clarity to enable design goals, requirements, and constraints to be identified.

    3. Critique the design of a solution and revise the design as needed.

    4. Explain how a design’s criteria, constraints, and efficiency can compete with each other.

    5. Identify the factors that ensure the sustainability of an engineering design.

    6. Identify safety considerations when designing a product.




  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering design process. – The student will be able to:




    1. Describe the sequence of steps and associated activities involved in applying the engineering design process.

    2. Compare and contrast creative and analytic problem-solving strategies to the engineering design process.

    3. Discuss why the engineering design process must begin with a clearly stated problem.

    4. Explain the relationship between design criteria and design constraints.

    5. Demonstrate brainstorming techniques.

    6. Describe the role of computer and mathematical models in the engineering design process.

    7. Explain the forms of analysis used in evaluating potential solutions, particularly those forms associated with engineering principles, estimation, economics, and worst case scenario.

    8. Describe a decision table and how it is used to evaluate proposed solutions to an engineering problem.






  1. Describe the functional characteristics of the engineering design team. – The student will be able to:




    1. Describe how work breakdown structure (WBS) impacts the makeup and organization of an engineering design team.

    2. Compare functional and hierarchical schemes for organizing an engineering design team.

    3. Describe the function of management in general and project management in particular.

    4. Describe a typical design project team structure.

    5. Outline a research methodology.

    6. Explain the role of ethics as a part of responsible decision making.




  1. Demonstrate computer-aided design knowledge and skills. – The student will be able to:




    1. Create an orthographic drawing using a CAD software platform.

    2. Create a part using a solid modeling CAD software platform.

    3. Create an assembly using a solid modeling CAD software platform.

    4. Create a bill of materials generated from a CAD application.




  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills associated with the design of a mechanical system. – The student will be able to:




    1. Measure and calculate dimensions of parts using metric and customary systems.

    2. Define and calculate quantities involving mass, weight, force, torque, friction, and resistance.

    3. Identify simple machines.

    4. Calculate mechanical advantage.

    5. Assemble, operate, and identify the parts of a mechanical system.




  1. Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills for machining. - The student will be able to:




    1. Measure dimensions using precision measurement tools, such as rulers, scales, calipers, and micrometers.

    2. Identify appropriate tools for machining purposes (e.g., drilling, turning, milling, sawing, and grinding).

    3. Explain steps for assembly and fabrication of products.




  1. Demonstrate foundational technical knowledge and skills associated with the design of fluid systems. – The student will be able to:




    1. Define and differentiate between absolute, gauge, and atmospheric pressure.

    2. Measure and calculate pressure and flow rate.

    3. Differentiate between pneumatics and hydraulics.

    4. Draw schematics for series, parallel, and combination circuits.




  1. Demonstrate foundational technical knowledge and skills associated with the design of thermal systems. – The student will be able to:




    1. Define and differentiate between heat and temperature.

    2. Describe the three laws of thermodynamics as they relate to the design of a thermal system.




  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills associated with the design of electrical and electronic systems. – The student will be able to:




    1. Compare and contrast basic electronic components (e.g., resistor, capacitor, transistor, coil, diode).

    2. Read schematics to identify individual values and function of component parts.

    3. Define and calculate quantities involving charge, voltage, current, resistance, impedance, inductance, and capacitance.

    4. Draw schematics for series, parallel, and combination circuits.

    5. Describe the differences between a series and a parallel circuit.

    6. Differentiate between alternating and direct current.

    7. Measure voltage, current, resistance, and capacitance using a multimeter.

    8. Define and calculate quantities using Ohm’s Law.

    9. Define and calculate quantities using Watt’s Law.

    10. Define and calculate quantities using Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws.

    11. Solder electronic components.




  1. Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills in the designing, engineering, and analysis of constructed works. – The student will be able to:




    1. Define terminology associated with engineering products and systems.

    2. Define and describe the experimental method as it is applied to design.

    3. Describe simulation.

    4. Prepare a model of a design solution to an engineering problem.

    5. Prepare a graphical solution to an engineering problem.

    6. Prepare a mathematical solution to an engineering problem (using either a calculator or computer).

    7. Present a technical report on an engineering design problem, concept or issue.




  1. Identify computer components and their functions. – The student will be able to:




    1. Identify the internal components of a computer (e.g., power supply, hard drive, mother board, I/O cards/ports, cabling, etc.).

    2. Identify various computer input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, phone, camera) and describe their use.

    3. Identify various computer output devices (e.g., monitor, printer, phone) and describe their use.

    4. Identify various storage devices (e.g., flash drive, iPod, phone, external hard drive, etc.)




  1. Demonstrate proficiency with common computer peripherals, including connections to standard input and output devices. – The student will be able to:




    1. Identify the types and purposes of common input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, camera, microphone, scanner).

    2. Identify the types and purposes of specialized input devices (e.g., digital cameras, mobile devices, GPS devices).

    3. Describe the types and purposes of various computer connection ports (e.g., USB, firewire, parallel, serial, Ethernet, et al).

    4. Connect an input device (e.g., mouse, keyboard, cell phone, camera, et al) and verify proper operation.

    5. Connect an output device (e.g., printer, monitor, projector, et al) and verify proper operation.




  1. Demonstrate knowledge of computer file management. – The student will be able to:




    1. Describe and use conventional file naming conventions.

    2. Demonstrate proficiency with file management tasks (e.g., folder creation, file creation, backup, copy, delete, open, save).

    3. Be able to identify file types by extension (e.g., .doc, .txt, .wav, xls, etc.).




  1. Demonstrate proficiency using the Internet to locate information. – The student will be able to:




    1. Identify and use web terminology.

    2. Define Universal Resource Locators (URLs) and associated protocols (e.g., http, ftp, telnet, mailto).

    3. Compare and contrast the types of Internet domains (e.g., .com, .org, .edu, .gov, .net, .mil).

    4. Demonstrate proficiency using search engines, including Boolean search techniques.

    5. Apply the rules for properly citing works or other information obtained from the Internet.

    6. Identify and apply Copyright Fair Use guidelines.

    7. Evaluate online information for credibility and quality using basic guidelines and indicators (e.g. authority, affiliation, purpose, etc.).




  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Internet safety and ethics. – The student will be able to:




    1. Describe cyber-bullying and its impact on perpetrators and victims.

    2. Differentiate between viruses and malware, specifically their sources, ploys, and impact on personal privacy and computer operation, and ways to avoid infection.

    3. Demonstrate proficiency running an antivirus scan to remove viruses and malware.

    4. Describe risks associated with social networking sites (e.g., FaceBook, MySpace, and Twitter) and ways to mitigate these risks.

    5. Adhere to cyber safety practices with regard to conducting Internet searches, email, chat rooms, and other social network websites.

    6. Adhere to Acceptable Use Policies when accessing the Internet.




  1. Develop and apply word processing and document manipulation skills.  – The student will be able to:




    1. Apply and adjust margins, tabs, line spacing and paragraph indents.

    2. Insert and manipulate text, graphics/images, and WordArt.

    3. Format text using the font interface and styles interface.

    4. Adjust the size, position, and layout wrapping settings of a graphic/image.

    5. Use the status bar to determine the number of pages, words, and characters in a document.

    6. Insert codes for current date and time.

    7. Copy text between documents using mouse, menu, and keyboard techniques.

    8. Move text in a document using mouse, menu, and keyboard techniques.

    9. Create bulleted and numbered lists.

    10. Create a table – Inserting, moving and entering data.

    11. Create a table – format rows, columns and cells.

    12. Insert page breaks.

    13. Adjust magnification of document display single and multiple pages.

    14. Understand printing options including shrink to fit, gutters, and document orientation.

    15. Create a report or essay that contains a title page, text, a graphic/image, and WordArt.




  1. Develop and apply fundamental spreadsheet skills. – The student will be able to:




    1. Describe a spreadsheet and the ways in which it may be used.

    2. Identify the parts of the spreadsheet display.

    3. Insert and format text information into cells.

    4. Insert and format numeric information into cells.

    5. Insert and format date and time information into cells.

    6. Select multiple cells using the mouse.

    7. Copy information from one or more cells to another part of the spreadsheet.

    8. Move information from one or more cells to another part of the spreadsheet.

    9. Sum the numeric values of multiple cells.

    10. Use the sort function to alphabetize a table of information.

    11. Create and navigate through a worksheet.

    12. Change column width and row height.

    13. Insert columns and rows.

    14. Merge cells.

    15. Use Undo and Redo features.

    16. Insert arithmetic formulas into a spreadsheet.

    17. Create and print a table that displays and sums the quantities or values of different categories of data.

    18. Create a chart based on data sets defined in a spreadsheet.

    19. Adjust chart types to appropriately represent base data.

    20. Create formulas using multiple cells and higher level functions which are dependent on other referenced cells (sqrt, avg, stddev, etc)

    21. Apply references to cells to be used as variables in multiple locations.




  1. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of tools. – The student will be able to:




    1. Select appropriate tools, procedures, and/or equipment.

    2. Demonstrate the safe usage of appropriate tools, procedures, and operation of equipment.

    3. Follow laboratory safety rules and procedures.

    4. Demonstrate good housekeeping at workstation within total laboratory.

    5. Identify color-coding safety standards.

    6. Explain fire prevention and safety precautions and practices for extinguishing fires.

    7. Identify harmful effects/potential dangers of familiar hazardous substances/devices to people and the environment.




  1. Demonstrate language arts knowledge and skills. – The student will be able to: AF 2.0




    1. Locate, comprehend and evaluate key elements of oral and written information. AF 2.4

    2. Draft, revise, and edit written documents using correct grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. AF 2.5

    3. Present information formally and informally for specific purposes and audiences. AF 2.9




  1. Demonstrate mathematics knowledge and skills. – The student will be able to: AF 3.0




    1. Demonstrate knowledge of arithmetic operations. AF 3.2

    2. Analyze and apply data and measurements to solve problems and interpret documents. AF 3.4

    3. Construct charts/tables/graphs using functions and data. AF 3.5



2013 – 2014


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