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.
Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology. – The student will be able to:
Discuss the nature and development of technological knowledge and processes.
Explain the rapid increase in the rate of technological development and diffusion.
Conduct specific goal-directed research related to inventions and innovations.
Discuss current technological developments that are/were driven by profit motive and the market.
Explain how technological progress promotes advancement of science and mathematics.
Describe ways in which technology helps to shape social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of society.
Describe how the development of many tools and machines were based more on technological know-how rather than scientific knowledge.
Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of technology. – The student will be able to:
Explain systems thinking and the relationship between logic, creativity, and compromise in solving complex problems.
Describe technological systems and their role within larger technological, social, and environmental systems.
Describe the trade-offs between competing values (e.g., availability, cost, desirability, waste, et al) in the selection of resources.
Identify the criteria and constraints of a product or system and determine how they affect the final design and development.
List strategies for optimizing a technological process or methodology of designing or making a product, dependent on criteria and constraints.
Identify new technologies that create new processes.
Describe a quality control process to ensure that a product, service or system meets established criteria.
Describe management and associated dynamics as they relate to technological development.
Demonstrate an understanding of the attributes of design. – The student will be able to:
Describe the essential activities that comprise the design process.
Write a problem statement in sufficient clarity to enable design goals, requirements, and constraints to be identified.
Critique the design of a solution and revise the design as needed.
Explain how a design’s criteria, constraints, and efficiency can compete with each other.
Identify the factors that ensure the sustainability of an engineering design.
Identify safety considerations when designing a product.