Lesson: Foundational Professional Practices

Overview of Lesson

This aim of this course is to develop students

  • who have solid technical knowledge and
  • who excel at doing engineering.

Since this course differs from usual courses, this lesson gives examples of how the course is taught. In the process, this lesson introduces foundational knowledge of problem solving and of several tools for acquiring knowledge.


Benefits of this Lesson

  • See an example of how to structure a real-world problem with the Wales/Woods Model
  • Deepen your understanding of Ideal Gas Law
  • Deepen your understanding of pressure
  • Learn how piston pumps and check valves work
  • See examples of how to organize knowledge with the NETMAD and MREAC Tools.
  • See examples of carry and canceling units with the GRID method (simple; robust)

Goals (Results we intend to create).

  • Problem Solving. Learners can do the following.
    • Learners can define "problem" and "problem solving"
    • Explain the idea of decomposition in the context of breaking a problem into parts.
  • Fluid Mechanics Knowledge.
    • Learners can explain how a piston pump + check value works
    • Learners know IGL (ideal gas law) Eq. (2.5).
    • Learners know pressure

Resources (knowledge that may be helpful in reaching goals)


Plan (steps to reach the goals)

1. Alignment.
a. Goal Setting. Skim Setting Personal Goals. Answer the following three questions: (i) what does "incredible success 10 years after graduation" look like for you? (ii) what does "incredible success this semester" look like for you? (iii) how will you align personal goals with course goals in this course?
b. Values. Read Setting Personal Values. What are your top 5 personal values? For each value, what will your behavior look like if you are following this value? How can you use your personal values to get more out of this class?
c. Engineering. What does engineering mean? What is your reasoning? What is your evidence?

Ed's Problem (in class).

2. IGL (ideal gas law). Read section 2.2. Also, review other resources on the IGL. Next, read NETMAD. Lastly, prepare a review sheet in the way that will best help you on a quiz on the IGL.

3. Piston Pump. Figure out how a piston pump1 works. Figure out how check valves work. [tips: see resources above]. Document so that you can present to an engineering team.

4. Problem Solving. Make sure you can do the following.2
a. Explain what a problem is. Explain a problem solving process.
b. Describe the steps of the Wales/Woods Process. Be able to answer the What? Why?
c. Describe decomposition. Be able to answer the What? Why?

5. Unit Practices (Dimensional Homogeneity + GRID).
a. Read section 1.3. Document your learning if this is helpful to you in reaching goals.
b. DH. Make sure you can do problems such as 1.1 to 1.7.
c. Grid. Make sure you can do problems such as 1.9 to 1.11.

6. Knowledge Construction (KC). Make sure you can answer the following questions.
a. What does knowledge mean? Why care? What does KC mean? Why care?
b. Explain what a concept means? why care?
c. What are the questions/parts of the MREAC? Of the NETMAD?

7. Lesson review (available online soon!)
a. Lesson Rating. How would you rate this lesson? Did it help you learn? Was it engaging? [5-star = great learning + really motivating], [1 star = learned a few trivial facts + 1 or 2 things that slightly interested me.
b. Quality. How well did you hit your goals? What is your present level of performance? Why?
a. Strengths. During this lesson, what actions best helped you hit meaningful goals? Why were these actions valuable?
c. Improvements. On this lesson, what problems or issues did you encounter? What actions could you take that will allow you to overcome these problems/issues? What actions will you commit to taking?
d. Insights. During this lesson, what did you discover about your own learning process?


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