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Technology, Engineering and Design Education

With an emphasis on innovation and active learning, this program prepares individuals for a variety of engineering and design employment opportunities, including a teacher licensure option and a non-licensure graphics communications option.

Specific curriculum requirements are available online.

Student Success and Advising Center

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Phone: (919) 515-0595

Curricula in Technology, Engineering and Design Education

Nolan Fahrer, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Poe Hall, Room 510 F
Program phone: (919) 515-1741

GC - Graphic Communications Courses

GC 120 Foundations of Graphics 3.

Introductory course providing orientation to language of graphics for students majoring in any field. Designed to help develop ability to use CAD within the context of a concurrent design process to understand how everyday objects are designed, analyzed and created. Emphasis placed on decision-making processes involved with creating geometry and development of modeling strategies that incorporate intentions of designer.

GC 250 Architectural Graphic Communications 3.
Prerequisite: GC 120 or TDE 220.

Architectural Graphic Communications is an advanced graphic course designed to expand on the concepts covered in the introductory courses (GC 120, GC 210, GC 211). The emphasis is on strengthening architectural sketching and CAD drawing skills and showing how specific construction processes and materials selected for an architectural design affect commercial and residential production architectural drawings. Topics include perspectice drawing, shadow projection, texturization, rendered plans,elevations and other related topics.

GC 320 3D Spatial Relations 3.
Prerequisite: GC 101 or GC 120 or GC/IE 210.

Analysis and solution of three-dimensional space problems utilizing graphic principles of orthogonal projection techniques. Application of studies of lines; surfaces; solids; surface intersections; surface development; vectors; and civil, mechanical, and geographical structures.

GC 330 Basic Technical Animation 3.
Prerequisite: GC 120 or TDE 220.

Create technical animations to communicate scientific and technical information to a variety of audiences and environments. Includes performing basic skills in image processing including cropping, transformations, color manipulation and color enhancement. Students will apply basic concepts of constructing 3-D objects, spaces, and environments. Create technical animations which apply environmental attributes including surface study, texture, color, lighting models, photo-realism, and raytracing.

GC 340 Concepts of Website Development 3.

An introduction to the essential elements of web site development for students in Technology Education and Graphic Communications. Content focuses on planning and executing web site for educational effectiveness, user interfaces, site testing, and maintenance. Course provides instruction in software appropriate for creating a website.

GC 350 Applied CAD/D and Geometric Controls 3.
Prerequisite: GC 120.

Techniques for producing mid-level computer models of individual parts and assemblies of parts. Application of conventional tolerancing and geometric tolerancing and dimensioning. Investigation of design for manufacture and CAD/CAM (Computer-AidedDesign/Computer-Aided Manufacture) processes. Conventions and standards for technical drawing documentation.

GC 420 Visual Thinking 3.
Prerequisite: Engineering or technical student.

Develop visual thinking skills through a series of exercises using various visual media. Integrates and stresses drawing and construction activities essential to visual thinking. Emphasis on direct observation (seeing), mental imagery and sketching that is based upon three-dimensional space. Develops students' visual and drawing skills and provides for their application toward solving open-ended spatial problems. Intended for the scientific and technically oriented student.

GC 450 Advanced Graphics Usage with CAD 3.
Prerequisite: GC 350.

Advanced applications of 3-dimensional solid modeling tools in technical and engineering environments. Theory and application of manufacturing databases developed with 3-D modeling tools. Development and management of 3-D geometry using modeling software. Emphasis on application of 3-D modeling technology.

GC 496 Special Topics in Graphic Communications 1-4.

Topical study in areas of current interest and need to students and/or needs of curricula served by Graphic Communications.

GC 498 Independent Study in Graphic Communications 1-4.
Prerequisite: GC 120 or TDE 220.

Independent study in areas of current interests and needs of students in the field of Graphic Communications and the visual sciences. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

TDE - Technology Engineering and Design Education Courses

TDE 101 Introduction to Technology Education 1.

Orientation to technology teacher education curricula. Overview of the philosophy, objectives and scope of technology education programs in the public schools, multicultural and individual differences of students. A study of current technology issues will be conducted throughout the course.

TDE 110 Materials & Processes Technology 4.

Basic knowledge and skills needed to process common materials and produce functional products of woods, metals, plastics, and composite materials. Includes laboratory safety, use of hand tools, operation of materials, and teaching strategies. Laboratory experiences in materials testing and construction of multi-material projects.

TDE 131 Technology through Engineering and Design I 3.
Prerequisite: TDE 110.

Study of engineering and design processes used to solve technological problems, innovate and invent. Students will actively design, model and test solutions to technological problems and explore methods to teach middle and high school students about engineering design and the design process.

TDE 202 Introduction to Teaching Technology Engineering and Design Education 1.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Corequisite: ED 204.

Introduction to teaching technology engineering and design education programs in middle and secondary schools. Field experiences and course assignments include two hours each week assisting classroom teachers in the public schools. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the field experience sites. Students are required to purchase internship liability insurance to participate in this course. Contact University Insurance & Risk Management for details on acquiring the insurance and the current charge. The URL for information on this policy is:

TDE 205 Desktop Publishing and Imaging Technology 3.

An introduction to digital document production and techniques. Explores software packages used in producing documents for print. Structured for public school teachers and other interested persons, the course introduces basic standards and concepts of page layout, copyright and trademark laws, document usability, readability, and methods of document production.

TDE 220 Civil Engineering Graphics 3.

Civil engineering graphics is an introductory course in basic graphic principles for constructed facilities. The emphasis is on sketching and CAD (computer-aided design) drawing skills and how specific construction systems and materials selected for a design affect production of civil engineering drawings for buildings, residences, and other constructed facilities through CAD. Topics include orthographic and axonometric engineering drawing of site plans, plat plans, section details, utility structure details, elevations and related topics. Restricted to Civil Engineering Majors.

TDE 230 Scientific and Technical Visualization 3.

Communication of scientific and technical information with graphics. Using current practice in science, technology, and engineering disciplines as the context, the class will use general and discipline-specific techniques to explore how to effectively communicate with graphics. Current software and computer technologies will be used to design and create graphics. Students will also learn to critically examine and discuss graphics produced by themselves and others.

TDE 261 Digital Media Education 3.
Prerequisite: TDE 205.

Image creation and control, aesthetics, production processes and environments, and media transfer are explored. This course emphasizes concepts of audio and video design, various digital media technologies, and nonlinear editing concepts through laboratory experiments and projects in radio, television, original audio development, and video production. TDE Majors or instructor permission.

TDE 331 Technology Through Engineering and Design II 3.
Prerequisite: TDE 131 and Corequisite: GC 350.

Students will explore the contributions of systems engineering for developing and sustaining our designed world. Appropriate measurement, analysis and simulation tools will be used to make informed decisions and solve problems. Students will explore methods to teach middle and high school students about engineering design and the design process. TDE Majors or instructor approval.

TDE 351 Ceramics: The Art and Craft of Clay 3.

Contemporary and historical examples of the art and craft of ceramics will be studied. Experiences in designing ceramic forms and expressing individual ideas through the medium of clay.

TDE 359 Electronics Technology 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

Direct current, alternating current, and semiconductors. Measurement and circuit behavior. Experimentation with application circuits.

TDE 371 Emerging Issues in Technology 3.
Prerequisite: TDE 131 and GC 120.

Examination of current and projected technology topics which are growing in importance but are not presently reflected in the Technology Education programs of NC public schools. Laboratory experiences include development, revision, and field testingof appropriate learning activities for middle and high school students in the selected topic areas.

TDE 385 Robotics Education 1.
Corequisite: TDE 386.

This course is an introduction to design and invention system control mechanisms and robot sensors. Students will classify foundational technical developments in autonomous, computer, and radio-control teleoperations. Students will explore the history and evolution of robots and automation and their social, economic, industrial, and educational impacts.

TDE 386 Robotics Education Lab 3.
Corequisite: TDE 385.

Students will apply technological problem solving skills toward 21st century design and innovation. This includes experiences multiple robotics design and invention systems and related programming and designing, prototyping, and programming an autonomous robot to resolve a real world issue.

TDE 407 Field Work in Technology Education 1-6.

Supervised off-campus field experience in Technology Education that relates on-the-job experiences in the field to the technical competencies which are the content of the curriculum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

TDE 452 Lab Planning in Technology Education 3.

Laboratory planning, management, and safety for technology education. Physical layout, selection, specification, and cost of equipment; the safe operation, repair and maintenance of power and hand tools; specification of expendable supplies, estimating, and ordering.

TDE 456 Curriculum and Methods in Technology Education 4.
Prerequisite: Technology Education Majors, Admittance to teacher education candidacy.

Methods of teaching Technology Education. Emphasis on curriculum development, instructional methods, laboratory instruction, meeting needs of special populations, and management of student organizations. Field experiences and course assignments two hours each week. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

TDE 457 Student Teaching in Technology Education 1-8.

Skills and techniques involved in teaching technology education through practice in a public school setting.

TDE 481 Research & Development in Technology Education 3.
Prerequisite: TDE 331, TDE 385, and TDE 386.

Senior design, research, and development experience in technology education. Students research a problem, ideate potential solutions, select a final solution, construct a prototype, and complete a final report analyzing the chosen solution. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

TDE 490 Special Problems in Technology Education 1-6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

Supervised, independent investigation in a defined area of interest in Technology Education.

TDE 495 Senior Seminar in Technology Education 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

An in-depth investigation of a topic or a set of problems and/or issues in Technology Education.

TDE 498 Independent Study in Technology Education 1-3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

Individual or group study of special topics in professional technology education. The topic and mode of study are determined by the faculty member after discussion with the student. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.