Objectives & Outcomes
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
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Academic Year 2012-2013
Degrees awarded: December 2012, May 2013, August 2013
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Within a few years of earning the baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering, graduates are expected to achieve one of more of the following program educational objectives:
- Develop successful careers as mechanical engineers; demonstrate professional engineering competence via positions of increasing responsibility and/or assignments.
- Successfully complete or pursue graduate education in engineering or related fields, participate in professional development and/or industrial training courses, and/or obtain engineering certification.
- Participate in research and development, and other creative and innovative efforts in science, engineering, and technology, and/or pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.
- If not in a mechanical engineering career, successful transition into an education, business, legal, medical, or government career.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the community and profession through involvement with community and/or professional organizations.
Evaluation and Revision of Program Educational Objectives
These Educational Objectives are established based on input from the Department of Mechanical Engineering constituents which are comprised of two groups:
- primary constituents, for which the curriculum is mainly structured, include the students, alumni, and industry
- secondary constituents include the faculty, community (general public), and profession (i.e., practicing engineers and professional societies)
Based on the feedback and input from the constituents, adjustments are made to the Program Educational Objectives whenever a need is identified. The assessment and revision process is illustrated below.
Student outcomes are statements of the expectations for the knowledge and skills that students should possess when they graduate with a B.S.M.E. degree from Texas Tech University. Graduates of the program must demonstrate the following:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- an ability to communicate effectively.
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Student Outcomes are designed to support both the Program Educational Objectives and the accreditation requirements of the ABET Engineering Criteria 2011−2012 (Criterion 3 outcomes (a) through (k)). The assessment and revision process is illustrated below.
The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,