University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Program objectives
and outcomes, 2000

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The Program Objectives stated below describe the overall goals of the Department's educational program. They expand on the College Mission Statement as applicable to our prime constituencies of Alumni and Industry. The individual Outcomes listed under each Objective provide more detail on how the Department accomplishes these objectives.


Objective 1: To prepare the students for engineering work on chemical processes and products. This objective includes providing the basic knowledge and flexibility that will permit students to specialize or prepare for graduate study in chemical engineering or other related fields. Individual outcomes include:


  1. ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,


  2. ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, other sciences, and engineering,


  3. ability to solve a wide variety of problems in subject areas within which chemical engineers frequently practice, requiring both a fundamental knowledge of the principles underlying a broad range of subject areas and depth in one or more specific areas [Program],


  4. ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for the practice of chemical engineering,


  5. ability to design and conduct laboratory experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,


  6. ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs,


  7. ability to engage in life-long learning, and recognition of its necessity.

Objective 2: To provide a liberal educational background that will acquaint our students with the non-technical aspects of society and diverse cultural patterns. Individual outcomes include:


  1. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context,


  2. understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, including a knowledge of contemporary issues,


  3. ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams, and ability to communicate effectively.

The Department will use a variety of Assessment Tools to demonstrate achievement of these objectives, and improve the effectiveness of the program. Assessment Tools include: alumni surveys, industry feedback (interviewers, alumni, and visiting committee), course grades, student course evaluations, instructor feedback (from related courses), and other sources as appropriate.