CES: Applied Engineering is a four-unit course in which students will explore core concepts and practical applications of various engineering fields. Unit 1 focuses on electrical engineering as it explores energy science, electrical and electronic components, devices and systems with digital labs to reinforce comprehension. Unit 2 focuses on mechanical engineering as it explores materials science and the physical dynamics of mechanical systems with case studies to support understanding. Unit 3 focuses on software and computer engineering as it explores computer languages and coding, networks, and hardware components and systems. Unit 4 focuses on aerospace engineering as it demonstrates multidisciplinary application of the other engineering fields. Content for this course was developed by engineering and technology education professors at California University of Pennsylvania. This is a rigorous four-unit course geared to prepare 11th-12th grade students for further engineering study.
It is recommended that students considering registering for CES: Applied Engineering successfully complete CES: Introduction to Engineering or equivalent course work before enrolling.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
the atom, charge, and magnetism.
electromagnetic force, circuits, Ohm’s Law, alternating current, and direct
capacitors, inductors, impedance, and RLC
diodes, simple AC to DC conversion, transistors, and simple amplifiers, as well
as OpAmp circuits and signal filters.
amplitude modulation and frequency modulation radio signals, oscillators, and
digital signals, simple logic gates, flip-flop gates, counter gates, and adder
power transmission and transformers, alternating and direct current motors, and
electronic control devices and robotics.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
current trends in the field of mechanical engineering and its history.
the process of reverse engineering, as well as engineering drawing standards
and electronic engineering documentation.
heating and cooling principles and systems, as well as solar heating and
structural engineering and analysis, structural materials and components.
thermodynamics, cogeneration basics, and designing cogeneration systems.
robotics engineering and its design challenges.
bioengineering and advances in biotechnology in addition to multidisciplinary
approaches to solving biomedical engineering problems.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
the history of computing devices, current computing trends, and careers in
the history of software design, programming paradigms and tools, and the
various components of software design.
the history of computer operating systems and compare components, processes,
and tasks of common operating systems.
the role of hardware and software integration in improving computer
software-programming trends and control components for robotic systems.
the components, challenges, and advances in networks and telecommunications
the attributes, designs, advancements, and design problems of embedded computer
the role of computer-aided manufacturing and design in industry.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
the history of human flight and the fundamental forces affecting an aircraft in
airfoil geometry and the three axes in which an aircraft moves.
wind tunnels, dimensionless quantities, aerodynamic center, and aerodynamic
jet propulsion, thermodynamics, the Brayton cycle, conservation of momentum,
and propulsive efficiency.
the properties of materials, figures of merit, structural mechanics, and
aircraft structural efficiency.
software disasters in history.
various college and career pathways for pursuing a career in engineering.
course is textbook free.