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FSE 100 is a course that introduces you to the basic concepts of engineering. This introductory course covers the engineering design process, including how to work in engineering teams, information on the profession of engineering, topics on engineering models, as well as written and oral technical communication skills. There are basically no typical concepts in the course but the following are few points that you’ll learn in FSE 100 :

1. Discover Engineering

FSE 100 is an introduction to engineering. This course helps you to discover the excitement and creativity in the practice of engineering and computer science. There are so many interesting projects, games, and quizzes that will spark your passion for engineering. This course also answers your main question coming into the class: “Is engineering suitable for me?”

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2. Learn Engineering

This course not only introduces you to the engineering process, but also teaches how to proceed in an engineering design process. The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times, the solution involves designing a product (like a machine or computer code) that meets certain criteria and/or accomplishes a certain task.

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3. Teamwork

Teamwork is defined as a series of activities where two or more people work collaboratively towards a common aim. A crucial part of managing people is getting them to be as productive as possible, whilst working in teams.  Teamwork is common in technical or engineering environments. Whether it’s a project team, product development, production line, maintenance team or a manufacturing cell; effective teamwork is the basis for most modern technical operations.

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Communication skills are useful for everyone, not only engineers. To improve technical communication skills by writing and speaking about the projects is an important point to be learned in this class. Engineers who want to advance in their profession need to be effective communicators. They need to clearly communicate complex ideas and technical project plans. They also need to be strong persuaders. Engineers who are good communicators get recognized by their supervisors and by their clients.

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5. Additional resources

There are so many resources available at Arizona State University that can help you in FSE 100. Free tutoring, the library, and the professors are very helpful. You can use the internet for learning or searching topics. Else there is no such textbook for this class but the presentation slides, notes from the professor and much more can be of a use to you.

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Above is just a summary of what you will learn in FSE 100 via 5 brief points. FSE 100 introduces you to engineering, and it’s the first step to becoming an engineer. This is one of the most loving classes at Arizona State University and you will definitely also like it.


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