Comparison of mechanical engineering curricula containing internships between California State University Northridge and Ming Chi University of Technology


Learning by doing during an internship is not new in undergraduate education, but is a fundamental element in gaining successful experiential learning. Students seek academic course credit for their internship to meet graduation requirements. The curricula of mechanical engineering at California State University Northridge (CSUN) and Ming Chi University of Technology (MCUT) in Taiwan differ in the proportions of theory and application courses they contain. A revision and comparison of the undergraduate mechanical engineering curricula of the two universities has been undertaken for this article. The accredited programmes of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) that were followed, induced different achieved abilities of students. The comparison of the curricula in the concerned courses is presented. This research indicates that the study of manufacturing processes is weighted more highly at CSUN, because it comprises six credits courses within two semesters. The internship at MCUT is a fundamental course for deriving the practical training during the Bachelor degree. Oral communication and technical writing courses in the USA help students to meet the requirements for employment. The comparison of the mechanical engineering curriculum between the USA and Taiwan could lead to a reshaping of course arrangements.


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