2019 42nd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics (MIPRO)
Almost all engineering programs have some form of final, culminating design experience, which is typically taught as a senior year capstone design course. Due to ABET requirements these are team and project based. Many programs will also have projects interspersed among required and elective courses, but these tend to be overrepresented in freshman year. We have recently introduced a set of courses during sophomore year that mimic our approach to capstone courses and provide authentic engineering design experience. These so-called cornerstone courses provide scaffolding by introducing all of the components of teamwork and design process but in a less formal and formative way. We will provide details of our goals, student learning outcomes, tools used, logistics and initial experiences.
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Published as: B. Pejcinovic, "Introducing Cornerstone Courses into Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum," 2019 42nd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics (MIPRO), Opatija, Croatia, 2019, pp. 1427-1432.