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Exploring Engineering

Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
January 12, 2015 - January 26, 20152OnlineOpenKaren HaberstrohN/A
April 06, 2015 - April 20, 20152OnlineOpenKaren HaberstrohN/A

Course Description

Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do?

In this free, open course, you will gain an understanding of the various fields of engineering and explore the engineering design process, from conceptual design and optimal choice evaluation to project construction and the need for engineering ethics.

This introductory course is a recommended prerequisite for Brown’s pre-college online Engineering courses, which focus on the specific fields of biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, and renewable energy engineering.

"I learned so much in this course, and I really enjoyed it! I learned about the different fields of engineering, and I loved watching the videos of engineers and listening to what they had to say about their careers - it really made me start thinking about what I might want to do if I pursue engineering.... I also loved reading and looking at other students' posts and learning about the different kind of people out there who are as interested in engineering as I am."
- Exploring Engineering student, Summer 2013

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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.

Prerequisites: none

• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player (Important elements of this course require Flash and will not work on an iPad. If you do not already have Flash installed on your computer, you will be provided with instructions on how to download it at the start of the course.)
• Smartphone or tablet with camera, digital camera, or scanner (some assignments require students to upload photos, sketches, or graphs to course website).

Supplementary materials: none

Course Fee: There is no fee for this course.

Enrollment Deadlines:
Enroll in the section beginning April 6, 2015 (enrollment closes 4/10/15).

Related courses: Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices; Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs; Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power.