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CES: Applied Engineering
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: No
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.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the atom, charge, and magnetism.      
  • Examine electromagnetic force, circuits, Ohm’s Law, alternating current, and direct current.      
  • Explore capacitors, inductors, impedance, and RLC circuits.      
  • Analyze diodes, simple AC to DC conversion, transistors, and simple amplifiers, as well as OpAmp circuits and signal filters.     
  • Explore amplitude modulation and frequency modulation radio signals, oscillators, and modulation.      
  • Explore digital signals, simple logic gates, flip-flop gates, counter gates, and adder circuits.      
  • Analyze power transmission and transformers, alternating and direct current motors, and electronic control devices and robotics.     

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore current trends in the field of mechanical engineering and its history.
  • Analyze the process of reverse engineering, as well as engineering drawing standards and electronic engineering documentation.
  • Discuss heating and cooling principles and systems, as well as solar heating and cooling.
  • Explore structural engineering and analysis, structural materials and components.
  • Analyze thermodynamics, cogeneration basics, and designing cogeneration systems.
  • Explore robotics engineering and its design challenges.
  • Explore bioengineering and advances in biotechnology in addition to multidisciplinary approaches to solving biomedical engineering problems.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the history of computing devices, current computing trends, and careers in computer engineering.
  • Explore the history of software design, programming paradigms and tools, and the various components of software design.
  • Explore the history of computer operating systems and compare components, processes, and tasks of common operating systems.
  • Examine the role of hardware and software integration in improving computer engineering.
  • Explore software-programming trends and control components for robotic systems.
  • Identify the components, challenges, and advances in networks and telecommunications systems engineering.
  • Analyze the attributes, designs, advancements, and design problems of embedded computer systems.
  • Explore the role of computer-aided manufacturing and design in industry.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the history of human flight and the fundamental forces affecting an aircraft in steady flight.
  • Discover airfoil geometry and the three axes in which an aircraft moves.
  • Examine wind tunnels, dimensionless quantities, aerodynamic center, and aerodynamic coefficients.
  • Explore jet propulsion, thermodynamics, the Brayton cycle, conservation of momentum, and propulsive efficiency.
  • Identify the properties of materials, figures of merit, structural mechanics, and aircraft structural efficiency.
  • Examine software disasters in history.
  • Explore various college and career pathways for pursuing a career in engineering.

Course Materials

  • This course is textbook free.