ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Richard M. Felder, Robert J. Beichner, Leonhard E. Bernold, Ernest E. Burniston, Philip R. Dail, Hugh Fuller

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An integrated freshman engineering curriculum called IMPEC (Integrated Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry Curriculum) has undergone three years of pilot-testing at North Carolina State University under the sponsorship of the SUCCEED Coalition. In each semester of IMPEC, the students take a calculus course, a science course (chemistry in the first semester, physics in the second), and a one-credit engineering course. The curriculum is taught by a multidisciplinary team of professors using a combination of traditional lecturing and alternative instructional methods including cooperative learning, activity-based class sessions, and extensive use of computer simulations. The goals of the curriculum are to provide motivation and context for the fundamental material taught in the first-year mathematics and science courses, a realistic and positive orientation to the engineering profession, and training in the problem-solving, study, and communication skills that correlate with success in engineering school and equip individuals to be lifelong learners. This paper summarizes program assessment and evaluation results and describes plans to export features of IMPEC into the regular first-year engineering curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes
Eventconference -
Duration: 1 Dec 1998 → …


Period1/12/98 → …

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    Felder, R. M., Beichner, R. J., Bernold, L. E., Burniston, E. E., Dail, P. R., & Fuller, H. (1998). ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at conference, .