Objectives & Outcomes
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- Religious orientation: The Dordt College engineering program seeks to guide students as they develop a Christian worldview, so that graduates of the engineering program will recognize that they are empowered by the spirit of Christ in order to responsibly serve the Creator, fellow humans, and the entire creation through their calling as an engineer.
- Creational structure: The engineering program will seek to provide their graduates a cohesive curriculum of diverse courses, so that graduates are prepared for life-long learning in any area of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The program will also provide students with the passion and competencies necessary for successful service as engineers in either graduate school or industry.
- Creational development: The program and curriculum will highlight the various aspects of human responsibility and involvement in the process of dynamically unfolding the creation. Graduates from the Dordt College engineering program will reflect a desire to unfold the potential of creation through science and technology as responsible stewards. Graduates will be able to articulate the historical roots and philosophical moorings associated with contemporary science and technology, and demonstrate the ability to critically assess how the spirits of the age impact technological direction.
- Contemporary response: The engineering program will enable students to convert their insights and competencies into committed action in service to God and their neighbor. A graduate of the Dordt College engineering program will acquire the tenacity and perseverance necessary for engineering service. A Dordt College engineering graduate will be able to articulate a vision for a community of kingdom-committed citizens who serve as lights in a dark world by developing normative technological models and living faithful lives. Graduates will recognize the need for bringing the Gospel of redemptive healing to technology and seek to develop technology in ways that reflect a desire for the well-being (social, economic, ecological, etc.) of all of God’s creatures.
The following curricular outcomes serve to facilitate the achievement of the general program objectives described above.
- Educational breadth and worldview development: Students will receive a broad-based education that educates the whole person for life-long learning and service and enables the engineering student to develop his or her Christian worldview.
- Obedience and responsibility: Students will be able to articulate a vision for the communal task of building models of normative technology with respect to fiduciary, ethical, juridic, economic, social, lingual, aesthetic, cultural, and analytical aspects of the creation.
- Teamwork: Students will develop an ability to engage in the communal task of engineering by participating in group design projects and other engineering related activities that require professional interaction beyond the classroom.
- Problem solving and critical thinking: Students will develop the capacity for critical thinking and demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems.
- Communication: Students will be able to effectively express ideas and information through public speaking, writing, and graphical forms of communication.
- Societal and historical context: Students will have an understanding of contemporary issues within the broader context of historical, cultural, and societal development; a knowledge that will help students to know their place and task in the dynamic unfolding of creation in time, what has been called the cultural mandate.
- Engineering design: Students will develop the ability to holistically design systems, components, or processes, giving consideration to the fiduciary, ethical, juridic, economic, social, lingual, aesthetic, formative, and analytical norms for design.
- Engineering, math, and science fundamentals: Students will demonstrate an ability to apply foundational knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering, and gain an appreciation for the numerical and spatial aspects of the creation.
- Engineering skills and tools: Students will have the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools (e.g. computational tools) necessary for professional engineering practice.
- Experimental design and analysis: Students will have the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.