CEC 101 Computing, Engineering, and Society

Catalog description:

This course introduces students to the computing and engineering professions and their role in society. Students will explore the unique features of different engineering and computing disciplines as well as the disciplines' common bonds, such as problem solving, math and science, teamwork, and communication. Students will examine ethical and societal issues related to the disciplines and their impact on society and the world. In addition, the students will be engaged in an active forum for dissemination and discussion of ideas, topics, and and issues related to their learning at Miami, the College, and the community.

Method of Presentation:

Instruction in this course will include lecturing, discussions, guest speakers, class exercises, and student reports and presentations. Students will work in small groups of 4-5 students on three open ended, hands-on design projects that address course topics. Student teams will document and present their work.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the engineering fields of study at Miami
  • Describe the professional and societal context of engineering including contemporary issues and breakthrough technologies
  • Identify opportunities at Miami including research opportunities, study abroad, student engineering organizations
  • Identify and analyze issues related to professional ethics in engineering
  • Demonstrate the essential skills necessary for success in teamwork and in communication
  • Successfully plan and register for subsequent coursework in the intended engineering major