The Technology Studies concentration is appropriate for students interested in high-level technician and technical management positions. This concentration differs from the Engineering Studies concentration in that it has an applications focus and does not require the same levels of mathematics and science. The concentration attempts to do two things. First, it provides students with the necessary foundational courses that will help ensure success in upper level courses and allow them to continue learning beyond the degree. Second, the concentration affords students the flexibility to design a technological concentration for a particular field or career path. The Technology Studies concentration is appropriate for students interested in high-level technician and technical management positions.
|Specific Technology||15cr upper level/12cr beyond freshman level|
|One of the following: Organizational Behavior, Industrial Psychology, Principles of Leadership, Principles of Supervision, Principles of Management||3cr|
|College-level Math, including Algebra and Trigonometry.||6cr|
|Statistics or Business Statistics||3cr|
|Natural science appropriate to the technology, including one with lab||7cr|
|Computer Programming or Computer Applications||3cr|
The following activities and courses are strongly recommended for students seeking employment in the field:
- Membership in an appropriate technical society or professional organization is recommended to maintain an awareness of current trends and issues.
- At least two of the social science and management courses should include an international component.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a concentration in Technology Studies will be able to:
- collect, analyze and interpret information, which includes:
- using current computer applications;
- accessing technical information and materials from a variety of sources;
- collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting statistical data, i.e., descriptive statistics and graphing; and
- representing one's ideas graphically, e.g., computer-aided drafting and design, modeling, sketching;
- explain and analyze the social, psychological, political, economic and environmental
impacts of technology, including
- the ramifications of rapid technological change;
- the history of and need for governmental regulation;
- appropriate safety regulations and practices to function safely within a technical environment; and
- the ability to evaluate and choose appropriate technologies to satisfy needs and solve problems in a global economy;
- be able to communicate effectively;
- demonstrate technical competencies in a functional area of technology appropriate
to the pursuit of a degree. These competencies will vary over time and by specialization.
The specialization may include but is not limited to:
- Graphics Civil and/or Construction Engineering;
- Electricity and/or Electronics;
- Industrial and/or Public Safety;
- Manufacturing and/or Automation;
- Environmental bio-related technology;
- perform mathematical calculations appropriate to their technical specialty and be able to determine when a particular mathematical operation is required;
- apply scientific principles appropriate to their technical specialty; and
- demonstrate leadership and decision-making skills, including the ability to:
- identify and describe a problem/issue;
- find relationships and draw conclusions;
- determine "optimal" or "best" solutions among several alternatives;
- determine strategies for implementation; and
- evaluate decision-making and action based on various criteria, e.g., ethics, efficiency, principles of TQM; and work cooperatively in teams.