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EAS 140 Engineering Principles

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    Sep 21, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The lecture portion of this course explores different Engineering skills/techniques that are great for prospective Engineers. You can choose between a "Career Module" or "Academic Transition Module" for Wednesday lectures. The Career Modules allows students to become more familiarized with the different careers available for Engineers. The Academic Transition Model allows these Freshman students to explore different study tactics and techniques to master their coursework. All in all, the lecture portion of this class is a great introduction to Engineering. However, the lab portion of this course is solely based on group work. Normally group work is fine. However, the group members of the group that I'm currently in don't seem to want to do any work. It's a known fact that a lot of people go into college for Engineering, and a lot of students soon change their major from Engineering to something easier. Out of my group of four, I'm the only one that I can see continuing in Engineering. The other students just don't have the work ethic or motivation that it takes. In other words, I'm in a group with three people that don't have what it takes to be Engineers. I've brought it up multiple times to my TA about how the other members in my group aren't pulling their weight, and I usually get a response along the lines of "Group work is a major part of Engineering jobs, so you have to make it work." The only difference is, at a job, people would be fired if they didn't do any work. While this course does explore many different skills needed to be an Engineer, the group structure of it has made this 3 credit class become more work for me than my Calc 2, Physics, and Chemistry classes combined. I would probably give this class 4 or 5 stars if it was the same subject matter without the group setup. I agree that working in a group is important for Engineers, but my three group members most likely will not be Engineers, so why should I have to be punished because of their poor work ethic and lackadaisical approach to school?

    Course highlights:

    I learned a great deal of different thought processes and skills needed to be an Engineer. Our main project throughout the semester is based on taking a problem, and then going through the steps of solving this problem. This spans from finding alternatives, creating a conceptual model for these alternatives, a decision matrix, a quantitative model, and finally a recommendation based on the research.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Currently if you're an Engineering Freshman at UB, you will have to take this course in your first semester. The best advice I could give is to talk to your student leader/TA IMMEDIATELY if any of your group members aren't pulling their weight. If the TA can't help, go to the professor about it.

    • Fall 2017
    • ..
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments Group Projects Requires Lots of Research
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    Sep 27, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Tedious work, oftentimes busywork.

    Course highlights:

    Nothing, miserable experience. Lots of time spent on boring homework.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Switch away from engineering, this course is awful.

    • Fall 2016
    • garydargush
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments Group Projects
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    Jun 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    EAS 140 really prepares you for all future engineering classes. Students really get to learn and experience engineering through hands on group projects. Along with tons of learning, it was the most fun class I've taken so far. It feels more like a big fun engineering club than a class.

    Course highlights:

    We learned the whole process of engineering. The class starts off with learning about a selected topic, mine was alternative fuels but it changes every year, and all the engineering that goes into it. The second half of the semester is dedicated to building an actual working wind turbine in a small group. The group is graded on their design, a presentation, and how much energy it produced. It ends up being a large group competition with an awards ceremony on the last day of class for the best turbine in multiple categories.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to be able to work well in a group. In addition, it will take up a lot of your time, but it is also one of the most important classes you will take.

    • Fall 2016
    • BillWilde
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Meetings Outside of Class

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