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TCNJ School of Engineering Virtual Summer Offerings

Visiting students can register on the Summer Programs Registration site.

Current TCNJ students can register via PAWS.

All details (dates, times, prerequisites, tuition, etc.) are available on the Summer Programs site.

General Engineering Courses

ENG 152 Engineering Materials Science

Fundamentals of metallurgy and properties of engineering materials, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, wood, and ceramics.

ENG 272 Advanced Engineering Math I

Integrated introduction to matrix algebra and standard topics in differential equations and basic linear algebra. Topics include: linear systems, basis, vectors, matrices, eigenvalue-eigenvector problems, and experimental design with computer applications for engineering.

ENG 342 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II

Topics include: Probability, continuous and discrete distributions, simple and multiple regression and correlation. Fourier series, periodic functions, functions of arbitrary period, even and odd functions, and half-range expansions. Solutions to second order partial differential equations.

ENG 212 Circuit Analysis

Electric circuit concepts, Kirchoff’s laws, node and mesh analysis, network theorems, natural and forced response, steady state analysis, phasor notation, balanced 3 phase, Fourier series, and frequency selective networks.

ENG 312 Digital Circuits and Microprocessors

Analysis and design of digital systems including Boolean algebra, combinational and sequential circuit designs, programmable logic devices, VHDL or verilog, CMOS logic circuits, and computer basics.

ENG 222 Statics

Analysis of force systems and applications to structural analysis. Force analysis of plane trusses and frames, friction effects, centroids and moments, and products of inertia of plane areas and curves.

Civil Engineering Courses

CIV 251 Strength of Materials

Topics include axial, lateral, and torsional loading of shafts and beams; statically indeterminate structures; temperature and prestrain effects; shear force and bending moment in beams; axial, shear, bearing and bending stresses; deflection of beams; and buckling of columns.

CIV 311 Structural Analysis

Topics covered are: types of structures and loads; analysis of statically determinate structures, analysis of statically determinate trusses internal loadings developed in structural members; cable and arches; influence lines for statically determinate structures; deflections by double integration, energy methods and virtual work; analysis of statically indeterminate structures by force method.

CIV 361 Fluid Mechanics

Topics include hydrostatics; kinematics of fluid motion; conservation equations; dimensional analysis; laminar and turbulent viscous incompressible flow; pipe networks, flow over immersed bodies, open channel flow.

Mechanical Engineering Courses

MEC 251 Strength of Materials

Topics include axial, lateral, and torsional loading of shafts and beams; statically indeterminate structures; temperature and prestrain effects; shear force and bending moment in beams; axial, shear, bearing and bending stresses; deflection of beams; and buckling of columns.

Electrical And Computer Engineering Courses

ELC 251 Electronics

Introduction to electronic devices and related circuits. Topics include diodes, bipolar junction and field-effect transistors, operational amplifiers, and related integrated circuit components.

Liberal Learning Courses

TST 161 Creative Design

This is a foundational course that looks at the elements and principles of design as related to practical products, systems, and environments. It introduces students to the creative process practiced by artists, designers, and engineers, valuable to them as both future producers and consumers. Content includes thinking, drawing, and modeling skills commonly used by designers; development of a design vocabulary; the nature and evolution of technological design; the impacts of design on the individual, society, and the environment; patents and intellectual property; human factors; team design; and appropriate technology, risk analysis, and futuring techniques. Design problems are presented within real-world contexts, using field trips and outside speakers. Students complete a major design project, document their work through a design portfolio, and present their solutions before the class. Weekly critiques of class projects build fluency, confidence, and creativity.

IDS 252 Society, Ethics, And Technology

Provides students with a framework for understanding ways human societies transform themselves through technological innovation. New technologies enlarge society’s options, thereby forcing us to consider ethical questions concerning the social effects of technological change. Students explore past and present developments in various fields of technology and discuss the ethical and social issues they raise.

Integrative STEM Education Courses

TED 460 Integrative Stem For Young Learners

This course is an introduction to research and contemporary issues concerning the national focus on STEM literacy. The course will deal with concepts of design-based inquiry, history, principles and processes of technology / engineering and the impact of STEM activity on the individual, society and the environment. The setting for the study of STEM literacy and design-based inquiry will focus on the elementary school level but will include secondary experiences when necessary.

STEM Education Graduate Courses

STEM 510 Foundations in iSTEM Education

This course is a graduate level introduction to integrative-STEM educational philosophy and methods. This course assumes that students have substantial experience as a K-12 teacher. A summary of the topics covered in this course are: (i) an in-depth review of Learning Theories (including Behavioral, Sociocultural, and Constructivist) as well as a review of Zone of Proximal Development / Scaffolding, (ii) review of signature teaching methods and curriculum in context of the reviewed learning theories, (iii) historical review of the development of integrative-STEM approach, including discussions on the basic principles of the T&E of STEM including the iterative design process, (iv) substantial hands-on experiences with the design process (with associated focused discussions of teaching methods, curriculum, assessment and teacher evaluation), (v) an introductory study of, and experiences with, design-focused Problem-based Learning (PBL), (vi) the pedagogical impacts of the T&E elements [ex.- context with Depth-of-Knowledge / Blooms taxonomy, integration and context-setting capabilities including influences of global, economic, environmental, personal and societal contexts.] (vii) put ¿Engineering Habits of Mind¿ into a K-12 educational context and (viii) put integrative-STEM methods into context with several contemporary educational standards (i.e.- Common Core, NGSS and 21st Century Skills etc.).

STEM 520 iSTEM Education Pedagogy

A graduate level course centered on pedagogies used in STEM education, separately and as an integrative method. This course looks into comparing and contrasting the historical perspective of signature pedagogies in science, math, engineering, and technology. Other topics covered include investigating specific examples of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in the STEM disciplines, putting the reviewed pedagogies into context with current integrative-STEM educational methods and the philosophical basis of the Understanding-by-Design curricular development model, investigating the impacts of pedagogy on curriculum, classroom management/practice, assessment and teacher evaluation methods, and developing a deeper understanding and complete in-depth experiences with design-centric Problem-based Learning (PBL), including safety considerations.

STEM 530 iSTEM Curriculum

This 3 credit course is a graduate level course centered on curriculum used in STEM education, separately and as an integrative method. The topics covered in this course include, philosophical and historical perspective of signature curricula and curricular frameworks used in Math and Science [curriculum/curricular frameworks could include New Math, Everyday Math, Singapore Math, Phillips-Exeter math, NCTM curricular frameworks, various science curricular frameworks and curriculum (AAAS’s Project 2061, including Science for All Americans and Benchmarks for Science Literacy)], contrast and compare these Mathematics and Science curricula/ curricular frameworks, complete a philosophical and historical perspective of Technology/ engineering education/ integrative-STEM curricula, including actual teaching experiences with these curricula [Engineering is Elementary, Engineering byDesign, Project Lead The Way or Teach Engineering), complete the design/ implementation of an integrative-STEM curricular unit (including safety considerations) using the Understanding by Design curricular development philosophy and model, articulate how integrative-STEM content/methods impact, and are impacted by, global, economic, environmental, personal and societal contexts, articulate how knowledge of careers can be gained through integrative-STEM curriculum.

STEM 635 Data Visualization and Analytical Information Design

This 3 credit course explores topics relating to the visual and graphical presentation of technical, scientific and mathematical evidence, through the lens of analytical reasoning and information design. Teachers have a special need to well-represent information/ knowledge through graphical means since these means may establish more effective cognitive connections to students. Students will examine and critique examples of professional quality data visualizations, and will design and create their own visual representations of STEM-related knowledge. Students will use industry-standard software (“Educational technology”) for 2D graphical design, 3D design, and statistical analysis. They will also explore best practices for creating professional level data representations in the form of graphs, tables, plots, and illustrations. Specific course topics will include information graphics, photo- and video-based evidence, computer slide presentations, technical reports and posters. An overarching focus will be the preservation and promotion of complexity and nuance, in forms that possess clarity and coherence. Among the expected outcomes of this course are that students will increase proficiency in critically analyzing complex information and designing high-quality graphical representations that successfully convey knowledge to others. This course is appropriate for those who wish to improve their ability to both process and present STEM knowledge, and is particularly intended for those who teach STEM disciplines.

STEM 681 Electronics Technology Systems and Design for Educators

This 3 credit introductory course provides the student with an overview of the fundamental concepts of the science of electricity, electrical circuits and how electrical technologies have substantially influenced society. This course is intended for teachers of K-12 STEM/ engineering content and will cover both analog and digital electronics [including robotics and Stored Program Control systems (microprocessor systems)]. The course is lecture-based but requires the student to design, build and test a wide range of electrical circuits. Analog electronics topics covered include the physics and chemistry of conductors/insulators, Ohm’s law, resistor networks and basic magnetism concepts, as well as measurement, simple RC circuits, and semiconductor devices (LEDs, transistors). Digital electronics topics include Boolean algebra (AND, OR and NOT gates), control functions based on Boolean logic, and how these logic systems relate to cognitive abilities/ intelligence. Building on the basic digital logic concepts, microprocessors are discussed and used to achieve “state machines.” Students will implement an electronics/ science-of-electricity lesson. Course material is appropriate for both elementary and secondary teachers.

Additional math, science and general education courses are available for both visiting and current TCNJ students on the Summer Programs site.