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Division of General Engineering

Goals & Objectives

The overall goals for ES 140 are:

  1. Educate students in their choice of engineering majors.
  2. Educate students on what it means to be in engineering.
  3. Provide students with essential tools for further study in engineering.

The learning objectives for ES 140 are:

  1. Apply the engineering problem solving process to solve basic engineering design and analysis problems.
  2. Solve basic analytical (and design) problems using engineering tools, and be proficient and efficient in the use of these tools.
  3. Choose appropriate tools to solve specific engineering problems.

In order to meet the stated goals and objectives, students must be able to:

  1. Apply the general problem solving process and tools to introductory domain-specific problems.
  2. Be able to identify necessary known and unknown information towards a solution and the process to be followed to arrive at a solution.
  3. Work effectively in small groups through well-developed problem solving skills and be able to organize the group to optimize performance and results.

Throughout the course of the learning process and to fully realize the value-added aspect of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify with what it means to be an Engineer and being a part of the engineering community (at Vanderbilt) through exposure to practicing engineers, engineering faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduate students.
  2. Understand the focus of each (selected) engineering major and then be able to make an informed choice on a direction of study.
  3. Begin building professional relationships with faculty members within the students department of interest.