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Teaching Engineering - Another Course Example

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In Msg. #24 I posted the syllabus for, Educational Methods in Engineering, taught by Professors Phillip Wankat and Frank Oreovicz of Purdue University. 

Susan Montgomery, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan has developed a similar course based in part on the work of Wankat and Oreovicz. Below is a portion of the syllabus as provided by Professor Montgomery. Further information can be found at the Web site listed below. Please let me know if you are aware of any other such courses. 


Rick Reis 

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Chemical Engineering 580 
Teaching Engineering 
Winter 1998 

Instructor: Susan Montgomery, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering 
3330 G.G. Brown, 936-1890, 
Class Hours: T Th 9:10-10:30 3150 Dow Building 
Textbook: REQ: Wankat, Phillip C. and Frank S. Oreovicz, "Teaching Engineering," 
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1993 
REC: Reis, Richard M., "Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering," IEEE Press, New York, 1997 
Web page: 

Goals: The goals of the course are to: 

  • Help prepare you to become a professor 
  • Acquaint you with learning theories 
  • Give you a chance to discuss teaching issues 
  • Give you practice preparing a course 
  • Objectives:By the end of this course you should be able to, among others: 
  • Understand your learning style 
  • Describe Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and Soloman's Learning Styles 
  • Describe and compare Piaget's and Perry's theories of cognitive development 
  • Describe and compare Kolb's learning cycle and Maslow's theory of needs 
  • Classify course activities using Bloom's Taxonomy 
  • Adapt your teaching style to various types of learners 
  • Be a better listener and adviser 
  • Prepare a plan for personal development as a faculty member and a professional 
  • In addition, in preparation for a course you might teach, I expect you to: 
  • Prepare a set of educational objectives 
  • Choose a textbook or other supporting materials 
  • Prepare a syllabus 
  • Prepare a web page 
  • Select a strategy for selecting collaborative learning groups 
  • Prepare and present a five minute lecture 
  • Prepare an open ended project and/or design activity 
  • Critique and select appropriate educational software 
  • Prepare an hourly exam and corresponding grading scheme. 

Grading: Grade will be based on material to be prepared for a course you plan to teach, and personal journals. In addition to the major assignments, homework problems from the end of the chapter will be assigned for each class session. These will n ot be handed in, but are meant to stimulate discussion. 

Activities:The majority of the class meetings will consist of discussion or other activities based on the reading material assigned, as well as on the following assignments: 

-)A journal , to be collected five times during the semester. Specific assignments will be made for each journal, e.g. choose one of the learning models discussed in class and discuss what you agree with and what you don't agree with in that model. You may include the homework as part of your journal entries. 

-) Materials for a course you might teach in the future: Mini-Lecture, Syllabus (including objectives), Open Ended Project, Web Page and an Hourly Exam 

Grading: The grading scheme is as follows: 

Activity Points 
Journals (3 pts each) 15 % 
Syllabus (w/ objectives) 20 % 
Mini-lecture 15 % 
Open Ended Project 15 % 
Web Page 15 % 
Hourly Exam (w/ solutions) 20 % 

Total 100 % 

Honor Code Statement: 

It is expected that all material you prepare for this course will be original. While it is expected that you will consult references in preparing the material for the class you may one day teach, you may not turn in material prepared by someone else ( e.g. old exams from when you took the class as an undergraduate, web page content from others' courses) as original material in fulfillment of the assignments for ChE 580. Any evidence of this will be considered a possible Honor Code violation and be rep orted as such to the Honor Council.