ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy Fall 2018 Section: 28513 Day/Time: Thursday 1:00 – 2:50 pm Location: RTH 109 Instructor: Dr. Amy Rechenmacher Email: [email protected] Office: KAP 268B Phone: 213-740-3615 Coaches: Daniel Donchev, [email protected] Julia Morelli, [email protected] Course Introduction The primary purpose of Freshman Engineering Academy (ENGR 102) is to introduce first-year students to the “Viterbi Experience.” The faculty and staff at the Viterbi School understand that entering engineering and computer and materials science students are highly qualified to pursue undergraduate studies at Viterbi; and, that the identity of each student relative to any given major is important. Viterbi is an extremely high-performance and demanding environment that will stretch most students. Thus, a major focus of the course is to expose each student to a variety of subject matter, contexts, skills, experiences, faculty, upperclass students, and staff that can help the process of “sensemaking” that is so critical for each and every student as she or he is welcomed into the Trojan Family, and thereby poise each student for success in the program. Goals and Objectives The overarching context for exploring various aspects of one’s identity and skills at Viterbi will be the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges. These Grand Challenges will be threaded throughout the course. Upon completion of the Academy, first-year Viterbi students should be able to: • Demonstrate a better understanding of their ability to think like an engineer, computer scientist, or material scientist : Viterbi students are problem-solvers using multiple problem solving techniques and strategies to identify not only problems and solutions, but also families and spaces of problems and solutions. • Identify the societal and historical context of the research and practice of engineering, computer science, and materials science. Complex disciplines of research and practice are influenced by, and thus not independent of, people and organizations that determine their evolutions. • Reflect upon the skills and experiences that shape the thinking and pursuit of a Viterbi degree via an inventory of one’s own palette of unique offerings to the Viterbi School and USC. • Explore the Engineering Habits of Mind that help frame the study, research, and practice within the domains of study at the Viterbi School. • Demonstrate a general understanding of engineering, computer science, or materials science and its potential by understanding the NAE Grand Challenges .
2 Textbook and Assigned readings/materials There is no textbook for the course; however, comprehensive reading, viewings, and other course resources may be available via posts on Blackboard, through email, or during Class Time.
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