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This exciting new Service-Learning textbook will help you teach integrated engineering design within a socially beneficial context. It can be used as a principal text or as a supplemental resource for addressing the service-learning component of either freshman design courses or upper-level capstone design projects.

Service-Learning is playing an ever-greater role in the education process, combining learning objectives and service objectives with the intent that both the recipient and the provider of the service benefit from the interaction. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the tasks to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition of values, technical skills, and knowledge. In the process, it also addresses your school's responsibility for public engagement.

Service-Learning: Engineering in Your Community links design methodology and engineering analysis with an understanding of the way engineering principles can be applied to benefit society in tangible, practical ways. Teaming skills, project management, communications, and ethical considerations also play an integral role in the process.

Marybeth Lima teaches biological engineering at Louisiana State University and, as LSU's '02-'03 Service-Learning Fellow, has received funding from Housing and Urban Development for service learning work. William C. Oakes teaches freshman engineering at Purdue and is the co-director of the EPICS program, which has received an NSF grant to expand the program nationwide.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the best book for teaching students about engineering, service-learning, community engagement, the design process, and the profession of engineering."
--Dean Fontenot, Texas Tech University

"The best source for service-learning in engineering."
--Kurt Paterson, Michigan Technological University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199767823
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Engineering in a Societal Context
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The Engineering Professions
2.3 Service Learning and the Engineering Professions
2.4 National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics
2.5 The Link between Societal Implications and Engineering: Socially Responsible Engineering
2.6 Conclusions
Chapter 3. The Engineering Design Model for Service-Learning
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The Design Cycle
3.3 The Design Process
Chapter 4. Engineering Analysis Skills
4.1 Introduction
4.2 General Strategies for Analytic and Creative Problem Solving
4.3 Analytic Problem Solving
4.4 Creative Problem Solving
4.5 Personal Problem Solving Styles
4.6 Brainstorming Strategies
4.7 Critical Thinking
4.8 Conclusions
Chapter 5. Teaming Skills and Conflict Resolution
5.1 Teaming Skills Overview
5.2 The Keirsey-Bates Personality Indicator and Working in Groups
5.3 Team Dynamics
5.4 Leadership Skills
5.5 Conflict Resolution and Problem Characters
5.6 Conclusions
Chapter 6. Project Management
6.1 Creating a Project Charter
6.2 Task Definitions
6.3 Milestones
6.4 Defining Times
6.5 Organizing the Tasks
6.6 Details, Details
6.7 Delivery Timing
6.8 Personnel Distribution
6.9 Money and Resources
6.10 Document As You Go
6.11 Team Roles
6.12 Project Management Software
6.13 Fundraising
6.14 Publicity
Chapter 7. Communications
7.1 Communications Overview
7.2 Oral Communication Skills
7.3 Written Communication Skills
7.4 Communication with Community Partners
7.5 Conclusion
Chapter 8. Engineering Standards and Liability Issues
8.1 Overview
8.2 The Use of Standards in Engineering Design
8.3 Case Study: The Use of Engineering Standards in the Design of a Playground
8.4 Liability in Engineering Design
8.5 Liability Case Study
8.6 Conclusions
Chapter 9. Profiles of Service-Learning Projects
9.1 Interactive Displays in a Children's Museum
9.2 Terre Haute Bike Trail
9.3 The Girl Scout Climbing Wall Multidisciplinary Service-Learning Project
9.4 Cleanup of Environmental Hazards
9.5 Environmental Impact of Chemical Processes
9.6 Hands on Atlanta: Improvements in the Design of Hands on Atlanta's Project Development Process
9.7 Spanish in Action (SIA) Project
9.8 Taking Engineering to the 6th Grade
9.9 Trinity Mission Outlet Store
9.10 Software Applets for Learning
9.11 Adaptive Agricultural Machinery
9.12 Children's Clinic at Wabash Center
9.13 Design and Construction of Playgrounds
9.14 Constructed Wetland
9.15 Light Manufacturing Environment for Adults with Disabilities
9.16 Habitat for Humanity in Lafayette
9.17 National Data Collection System for Habitat for Humanity
9.18 Dynamics of a Playground
9.19 Partnerships in Remote Villages of Peru
9.20 Low Cost Communication Satellites
9.21 High School Example
9.22 Service-Learning Student Profile: Stuart Feilden
Chapter 10. Helpful References for Service-Learning In Engineering
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Campus Resources
10.3 Off-Campus Resources
10.4 Conclusion
Chapter 11. Reflection and Self-Discovery
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Metacognition and Learning Cycles
11.3 Critical Thinking
11.4 Reflective Components
11.5 Engineering as a Career
11.6 Conclusions

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