Engineering Physics Outcomes

Goal A: Knowledge of the Fundamentals:
An understanding of the fundamentals of science and engineering

Outcome A.1:

Demonstrate competency in calculus, basic physics and general chemistry.

Outcome A.2:

Demonstrate competency in basic engineering science topics with common themes among engineering disciplines.

Outcome A.3:

Demonstrate competency in engineering topics of their concentration, i.e.


In the sciences, fundamentals in their concentration.


materials, devices, and systems.


Advanced topics leading to the application with basic principles.


Systems level understanding.


Modeling of systems.


Measurement systems and tools.


Interdisciplinary tools and systems in enabling technology.


Experimental tools.


Appropriate modern experimental and computing techniques.

Goal B1: Interpreting Data: Ability to interpret graphical, numerical, and textual data.

Outcome B1.1:

Be able to recognize the necessity to use graphical and numerical analysis.

Outcome B1.2:

Select appropriate, self-explanatory graph formats for data.

Outcome B1.3:

Summarize the graphical, numerical, and textual information in memos and reports.

Outcome B1.4:

Use appropriate statistical and analytical procedures to interpret the results.

Outcome B1.5:

Extract trends and demonstrate their importance from numerical data, graphs, and text.

Goal B2:  System Level Modeling: Ability to model components and system optical engineering problems.

Outcome B2.1:

Define the system and variables involved.

Outcome B2.2:

Develop the appropriate boundaries and equations.

Outcome B2.3:

Set up the system of equations and find reasonable solution.

Outcome B2.4:

Do a parametric study where appropriate and tabulate and plot the results.

Outcome B2.5:

Be able to recognize the limitations of the system.

Outcome B2.6:

Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate software tools for modeling in their area of concentration.

Goal B3: Experimentation: Ability to design and conduct experiments to understand the relationships between variables in a problem which may or may not have been mathematically modeled before. 

Outcome B3.1:

Identify the problem.

Outcome B3.2:

Develop a hypothesis.

Outcome B3.3:

Determine what data need to be collected.

Outcome B3.4:

Select appropriate measurement techniques to collect the data.

Outcome B3.5:

Demonstrate the ability to use the tools for measurement.

Outcome B3.6:

Determine and/or estimate experimental uncertainties.

Outcome B3.7:

Collect and document the data.

Outcome B3.8:

Analyze the data.

Outcome B3.9:

Draw conclusions.

Goal C: Design: Ability to design a product or process to satisfy client's needs subject to constraints

Outcome C.1:

Elicit the customer needs and constraints. Recognize that several viable processes and procedures are almost always possible.

Outcome C.2:

Break down the system or process to its fundamental elements and components. 

Outcome C.3:

Carry out an initial study of the process structure and economics using appropriate tools.

Outcome C.4:

Carry out a conceptual process design using appropriate tools. Use computational tools to perform studies of the design developed.

Outcome C.5:

Demonstrate an ability to incorporate economic analysis and cost issues in design.

Outcome C.6:

Demonstrate an awareness of the final steps in the completion of a design project.

Outcome C.7:

Document the project work and give an oral and formal written report.

Goal D: Team work and Deliverables: Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and understand the effective team dynamics and be able to deliver a product.

Outcome D.1:

Share responsibilities and duties team.

Outcome D.2:

Understand the importance of different areas of expertise.

Outcome D.3:

Understand the importance of the various components of the project.

Outcome D.4:

Setting milestones for the project.

Outcome D.5:

Take on different roles when applicable.

Outcome D.6:

Analyze ideas objectively.

Outcome D.7:

Discern feasible solutions.

Outcome D.8:

Develop a strategy for action.

Outcome D.9:

Be able to meet objectives on schedule.

Outcome D.10:

Be able to document work.

Outcome D.11:

Build consensus.

Goal E:  Problem Solving: Ability to apply relevant scientific and engineering principles to solve real world optical engineering problems.

Outcome E.1:

Identify, Inspect and define the problem.

Outcome E.2:

Understand the basic principles and fundamental concepts for solving the problem.

Outcome E.3:

Research and gather information.

Outcome E.4:

Use correct data and choose appropriate tools to prepare solutions that reflect complexity of the problem.

Outcome E.5:

Make appropriate assumptions and use judgment to understand their effects on the solution.

Outcome E.6:

Determine the magnitude and significance of the errors involved.

Outcome E.7:

Design experiments to learn the concept.

Outcome E.8:

Demonstrate an awareness of the open-ended nature of real world problems.

Outcome E.9:

Develop criteria for evaluation of the proposed solutions and process of refinement.

Goal F: Professional Practice and Ethics: A sound understanding what an optics professional is and have an awareness and understanding of professional ethics.

Outcome F.1:

Demonstrate knowledge of the Engineering Code of Ethics.

Outcome F.2:

Evaluate the ethical dimensions of professional practice.

Outcome F.3:

Practice responsible decision making.

Outcome F.4:

Be prepared for professional practice after graduation.

Goal G: Communication: Ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms.

Outcome G.1:

Identify the technical knowledge and information needs of the audience.

Outcome G.2:

Use appropriate technologies, organize and present information that meets audience needs.

Outcome G.3:

Provide technical content that is factually correct, supported with evidence, explained with sufficient detail, and properly documented.

Outcome G.4:

Determine how well ideas have been relayed.

Outcome G.5:

When preparing reports and papers, submit work that is free of errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.

Goal H:  Contemporary issues, non-technical issues, global awareness: An awareness of contemporary and non-technical issues in engineering profession and the role of professionals in an interdependent global society.   

Outcome H.1:

Study humanities and social sciences topics to gain a broad enough knowledge to form reasoned opinions on non-technical issues.

Outcome H.2:

Be knowledgeable of contemporary issues related to engineering practice.

Outcome H.3:

Show an awareness of the impact of technology on culture and the environment and vice versa.

Outcome H.4:

Show an awareness of diverse cultural and humanistic traditions as they relate to engineering practice.

Goal I:  Independent Learning: A facility for independent learning and continued professional development.

Outcome I.1:

Demonstrate an awareness that the solutions to open-ended problems in nature have multiple solutions that requires independent thinking and learning.

Outcome I.2:

Recognize that a successful analysis of data in laboratory and design projects requires creative and independent thinking.

Outcome I.3:

Demonstrate an understanding that learning is a life long experience and they need to find some of the answers through their own thinking and research.