Presentation on theme: "Keys to Success in Engineering Study"— Presentation transcript:
1 Keys to Success in Engineering Study CHAPTER 1Keys to Success in Engineering Study
2 Chapter Overview You can do it! What is “success”? Goal setting Strengthening your commitmentKeys to success in engineering studyModels for viewing your educationStructure your life situation
3 You Can Do It! Poorly prepared students have succeeded Highly qualified students have failedWhat makes the difference?
4 What is Success?Success is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.
5 Goal SettingHow can you ever expect to get somewhere if you don’t know where you want to go?Goals give you something tomeasure yourself againstGoals give your life directionWrite down your goals
6 Strengthening Your Commitment Clarifying your goalsLearning as much as you can about engineeringPrepare a road mapDon’t let adversity stop you
7 Keys to Success in Engineering Study Effort – “Work Hard”Approach – “Work Smart”Attitude – “Think Positively”
8 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck Fixed mindset – Your qualities (intelligence, personality, moral character) are carved in stone. Creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.Growth mindset – Your basic qualities are things you can cultivate and develop through your efforts. Creates a desire to grow and improve.
9 Comparison of Fixed vs. Growth Mindset Fixed MindsetGrowth MindsetChallengesAvoid challenges; stick to what you know wellEmbrace challenges; overcoming challenges makes you stronger, smarterObstaclesGive up easily when you encounter obstaclesPersist in the face of setbacks; failure is an opportunity to learnEffortSee effort as unpleasant and fruitless; the need for effort is a sign of low abilitySee effort as the path to growth and masteryCriticismIgnore useful criticism; see negative feedback as an insultSeek feedback and learn from criticismSuccess of OthersFeel threatened by the success of othersFind lessons and inspiration in the success of others
10 Summary of the Success Process Step 1: Setting goalsDo I want to be an engineer?Step 2: Strengthening commitment to goalsHow important is it to me to become an engineer?Step 3: Changing negative attitudesWhat attitudes will interfere with my goal of becoming an engineer?Step 4: Changing non-productive behaviorsWhat do I need to do differently to achieve my goal of becoming an engineer?
11 Models for Viewing Your Education Attributes Model – What knowledge, skills, and attitudes will you have when you graduate?Employment Model – What do employers look for in new engineering graduates?Student Involvement Model – What can you do to ensure that you get a quality education?
12 Attributes Model – ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineeringAn ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret dataAn ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needsAn ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
13 ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 Attributes (continued) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problemsAn understanding of professional and ethical responsibilityg. An ability to communicate effectivelyh. A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
14 ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 Attributes (continued) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learningA knowledge of contemporary issuesk. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
15 Astin’s Student Involvement Model Time and energy devoted to studyingTime spent on campusParticipation in student organizationsInteraction with faculty membersInteraction with other students
16 Employment ModelCommunicates effectively in a variety of different ways, methods, and mediaPossesses the ability to think both critically and creativelyShows initiative and demonstrates a willingness to learnFunctions effectively on a teamPossesses the ability to think both individually and cooperativelyDemonstrates an understanding of engineering, science, and mathematics fundamentalsDemonstrates an understanding of information technology, digital competency, and information literacyMaintains a positive self-image and possesses positive self-confidence
17 Structure Your Life Situation Living ArrangementsPart-Time WorkInfluence of FamilyInfluence of FriendsOther influences?
18 Group Discussion Exercise Ability vs. Effort Divide into groups of five or six and discuss the following issue:Do you believe that people succeed because of their ability,That some people “have it” while others don’t?Or do you believe that people succeed because of their effort?Which do you think is more important: ability or effort? Why?Select a group leader to keep the discussion on topic and a recorder who will report out for the group
19 Alternate Group Discussion Exercise - Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset People generally have one of two “mindsets”Fixed mindset - You believe your talents and abilities are set in stone—either you have them or your don’tGrowth mindset – Talents can be developed and great abilities are built over timeDiscuss the implications of having each of these mindsets for success in engineering studyAppoint a group leader to keep on topic and a reporter to report out on what was discussed