Sophomore Clinic

Sophomore Clinic

Course Curriculum 
Sophomore Engineering Clinic merges communication coursework with an Engineering lab experience. It is collaboratively taught by faculty from the Writing Arts Department and Rowan's College of Engineering. Students in SEC I will spend part of their time each week in a lab course, focused on engineering design principles, and they will spend the other part of the week in a composition course, focusing on a number of written deliverables that span a variety of genres written for various technical and lay audiences. 

Coursework
In their labs, students will either complete two lab projects (each comprising a half-semester unit) or one larger lab project that spans the entire semester. Whichever approach is used, students will be submitting two lab reports. They will also complete a professionalization sequence, a research sequence, and an "engineering in society" project, which will require them to explore the ethical dimensions of an engineering-related issue and to write about technical concepts for a non-technical audience. 


History of Sophomore Engineering Clinic I
In 1992, a local industrialist Henry M. Rowan made a $100,000,000 donation to the then Glassboro State College in order to establish a high-quality engineering school in southern New Jersey. This gift has enabled the university to create an innovative and forward-looking engineering program. Since 1996, the exceptional capabilities of each incoming class of approximately 350 engineering students at Rowan (avg. SAT score of 1300) have repeatedly verified the need for a quality undergraduate engineering school in the quickly growing region of southern New Jersey.


The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering is comprised of five departments: Biomedical; Chemical; Civil and Environmental; Electrical and Computer; and Mechanical. Each department has been designed to serve 50 to 75 students per year. The size of the College has been optimized such that it is large enough to provide specialization in separate and credible departments, yet small enough to permit a truly multidisciplinary curriculum in which laboratory/design courses are offered simultaneously to all engineering students in all five disciplines. Indeed, the hallmark of the engineering program at Rowan University is the multidisciplinary, project-oriented Engineering Clinic sequence.


The Engineering Clinics are taken each semester by every engineering student at Rowan University. In the Engineering Clinic students and faculty from all four engineering departments work side-by-side on laboratory experiments, real world design projects and research. The solutions of these problems require not only proficiency in the technical principles, but, as importantly, require a mastery of written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Table 1 contains an overview of course content in the 8-semester engineering clinic sequence. As shown in the table, each clinic course has a specific theme although the underlying concept of engineering design pervades throughout.