Features and Benefits

Balance structure and flexibility to encourage guided inquiry

  • Presented topically rather than sequentially, the balance of flexibility and structure provide each student with the amount of scaffolding they need to be successful.
  • Provide the foundation upon which the upper-level courses depend for the skills necessary to master more advanced material.
  • Scripted examples accompany skills in select sections of this text that are difficult to lecture, such as Excel and MATLAB. The first time a skill is presented, students are expected to use their laptops to work through the examples (not just read them).

 

Reinforce and Expand through Active Learning

  • Several checkpoints within the text allow students to see if they understand the material.
  • Comprehension Checks, within the reading, allow the students to self-evaluate their understanding of the material in preparation for class–to enable students to be self-directed learners, we must encourage them to self-evaluate regularly.
  • Review Sections, at the end of each of the five parts of the text, provide additional questions, often combining skills within the part to help students climb to the next level of understanding.
  • In-Class Activities, stimulate active conversation within pairs and groups of students working through the material. The focus is kept on student effort, and forces them to keep working the problem until they arrive at the right answer. This provides a set of worked out problems for them to solve, using their own logic, before they are asked to tackle more difficult problems.
  • Umbrella Projects, allow students to apply skills that they have mastered to larger-scope problems. These problems have been found extremely helpful in providing context for the skills that students learn throughout the unit.
  • Video lecture slides accompany each section within the chapter and present sample solutions using voiceover. The video lecture slides provide a set of sample solutions in addition to and different from those in the text.
  • Starting worksheets and code are provided for Excel and MATLAB for students to work through examples.
  • UPDATED! Microsoft Office 2016 and MATLAB 2016.
  • Templates are provided for several types of reports and presentations.

 

Customize Your Course

Content can be customized to match the topic organization in your course syllabi. Instructor Resources include:

  • Instructor’s Manual—Available to all adopters, this provides a complete set of solutions for all activities and homework exercises. For the in-class activities, suggested guided inquiry questions along with time frame guidelines are included. Suggested content sequencing and descriptions of how to couple assignments to the Umbrella Projects are also provided.
  • PowerPoints—A complete set of lecture PowerPoint slides make course planning as easy as possible.
  • Sample Exams—Available to all adopters, these will assist in creating tests and quizzes for student assessment.

 

Also available with MyLabEngineering

MyLab Engineering is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students as it offers customized, self-paced learning with instant feedback. MyLab Engineering gives students unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback and help when they need it most.  Students will be prepared ahead of class, allowing you to spend class time focusing on active learning.

  • Book-Specific Exercises–MyLab Engineering’s varied homework and practice questions are correlated to the textbook and many regenerate algorithmically to give students unlimited opportunity for practice and mastery. Question features include:
    • Learning aids and immediate feedback
    • NEW! Objective questions for soft skills
    • EXPANDED! 30% new problems
    • NEW! Automatically graded Excel projects
    • Show My Work functionality to view all student work
    • Downloadable templates in Microsoft® PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Question Help and Support–Many exercises provide step-by-step instruction, input-specific feedback, hints, and videos. They also provide links to spreadsheets, example problems, and contextually appropriate links to the eText.
  • Student Videos–Short videos are available to help explain concepts and skills that may be difficult to explain on paper. Topics include: Engineering Ethics, Functions in Excel MATLAB Introduction, and Conditional Statements.
  • Pearson eText 2.0 is optimized for mobile and offers: offline access and downloading for most iOS and Android devices; seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media; accessibility (screen-reader ready); and note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search for instructors and students.

 

Overview

Inspire self-guided inquiry with an active learning model

Thinking Like an Engineer: An Active Learning Approach, 4th Edition is designed to facilitate an active learning environment for first year engineering courses. The authors incorporate a model of learning that encourages self-guided inquiry and advances students beyond “plug-and-chug” and memorization of problem-solving methods. Checkpoints throughout each chapter provide worked out problem sets for students to solve using their own logic, before they are ready to tackle more difficult problems. An emphasis on reading and practice before class prepares students for in-class activities that reinforce the chapter’s material. Students arrive prepared for class, allowing instructors to spend class time focusing on active learning through collaborative problem-solving, computer-based activities, and hands-on experiments that encourage guided inquiry. The 4th Edition provides new material and revisions based on input from instructors and students, as well as current software releases.

 

Also available with MyLab  Engineering

MyLab™ Engineering is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students as it offers customized, self-paced learning with instant feedback. MyLab Engineering gives students unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback and help when they need it most.  Students will be prepared ahead of class, allowing you to spend class time focusing on active learning.