Dr. Laura Bottomley

Dr. Laura Bottomley

Engineering - Academic Affairs

Phone: 919-515-3263
Fax: 919-515-8702
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EGR 590 610 Teaching Undergraduate Engineers

3 Credit Hours

This course in engineering education focuses on evidence-based pedagogical methods that improve learning for undergraduate engineering students. Other topics include engineering accreditation, diverse groups, and how to create effective teaching resources. The class will culminate with a micro-teaching module for each student. Topical areas will be supported with readings from the engineering education literature.


Welcoming graduate students from the College of Engineering and the College of Education as well as other social science and STEM disciplines.


Course Objectives

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Describe the attributes of effective teaching for college-level engineering courses
  • Identify and apply criteria that drive engineering teaching and curriculum development
  • Identify diverse characteristics of learners, and generate ideas on how to effectively teach and include different types of students in engineering
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that engineering students need to develop to prepare them for successful careers
  • Classify and formulate learning objectives for relevant courses in their own disciplines
  • Create assessments that effectively measure student learning
  • Describe and demonstrate different active teaching approaches
  • Design and execute a lesson plan and learning activity for an undergraduate engineering course
  • Interpret current trends and literature in engineering education

Course Requirements

  • Homework
  • Projects


A list of engineering education resources will be recommended in the syllabus.  Journal articles will also be provided through NCSU libraries.