Accreditation, Objectives and Outcomes
The undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and the graduate Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Engineering Programs Educational Objectives
ABET defines program educational objectives as broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Objectives for each program are found on the program’s website.
Engineering Programs Student Outcomes
ABET asserts that student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. ABET also suggests that each program adopt a standard set of outcomes, plus any additional outcomes that may be articulated by the program.
The standard set of 11 student outcomes, referred to as a. through k., is:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
g. an ability to communicate effectively;
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The undergraduate programs in Chemical, Civil, Computer, and Electrical Engineering use the standard set of eleven outcomes. The program in Mechanical Engineering uses this modified set:
- an ability to understand and apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, components or process to meet desired needs;
- an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
- effective use of the techniques, skills,and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
- knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering subject matter and its applications;
- an understanding of the mechanical engineering profession and practice;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- appropriate written, oral and technical communication;
- an understanding of the global and societal impact of engineering practice and solutions;
- a recognition of the need for and ability to engage in lifelong learning; and
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
The educational objectives and student outcomes of all the programs in the School of Engineering are consistent with the school’s mission and the Lasallian Catholic heritage of Manhattan College. In addition, the student outcomes articulated by each program are consistent with the Manhattan College core competencies:
- Effective communication
- Critical thinking
- Information and technology literacy
- Quantitative and scientific literacy
- Independent and collaborative work
- Global awareness
- Religious and ethical awareness