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Sustainability: The New 21st Century General Education Requirement for Engineers

Sustainability: The New 21st Century General Education Requirement for Engineers
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Author(s): Ken D. Thomas (Auburn University, USA) and Helen E. Muga (University of Mount Union, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 22
Source title: Developments in Engineering Education Standards: Advanced Curriculum Innovations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mohammad Rasul (CQUniversity, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0951-8.ch015

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Abstract

The relation of sustainability to science and engineering will be delved into so as to validate the need for its inclusion in current engineering curricula. The chapter will highlight key elements of sustainability that need to be incorporated into a General Education requirement (i.e. lower level undergraduate) course as well as some options for elective (i.e. upper level undergraduate) or postgraduate courses. The chapter will act as a “how to” curriculum development guide to give ideas for the quick development of sustainability courses. It also highlights how engineering students can become engaged in service learning (something that is at the fore of importance for most engineering departments in the US) through their student organizations and associated academic staff advisors with sustainability at the core.

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