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General Engineering

Terry S. King, Dean

Richard Gallagher, Associate Dean Ray E. Hightower, Assistant Dean Tom C. Roberts, P.E., Assistant Dean

General engineering (DEN)

Entering freshmen who are undecided in their major in engineering may enroll in general engineering for one year. They will take the following program of study, which is completely applicable to all engineering programs. Undecided students are encouraged to select a major by the beginning of their sophomore year.

Fall semester
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
CHM 210Chemistry I4
MATH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
DEN 160Engineering Concepts1
Humanities or social science elective3
DEN 015New Student Orientation
Spring semester
SPCH 105Public Speaking 1A 2
CHM 230Chemistry II4
MATH 221Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
Humanities or social science elective3

Courses in personal and professional development, engineering honors, minority engineering, and other student development programs are included in general engineering.

Courses related to the BS degree in nuclear reactor technology are also included in general engineering to support outreach programs to the nuclear power industry.

Nuclear reactor technology

This program provides the education necessary for careers associated with assisting engineers in the design, construction, inspection, maintenance, monitoring, and management of nuclear reactor power generation facilities. Primary employment positions are senior reactor operators and shift technical advisors. Other employment opportunities include similar responsibilities in medical and industrial facilities where radioactive materials are used.

Area of specialization (62 hours)
Required courses (48 hours)
CE231Statics A3
CE 331Strength of Materials A3
CHM 230Chemistry II4
ET410Properties of Engineering Materials2
ET436Digital Logic Systems I4
ET 480Materials of Nuclear Reactor Systems2
ET 481Nuclear Reactor Technology I3
ET 482Nuclear Reactor Technology Analysis3
ET512Mechanics of Fluids3
ET514Energy Conversion Technology3
ET534Automatic Control Technology3
ET537Electronic Measurements4
ET 583Nuclear Reactor Technology II3
ET 584Radiation Detection and Monitoring3
ET 585Nuclear Reactor Thermal Technology3
ET 586Radiation Protection Technology2
Technical electives10
Management electives3
Free elective1

General engineering courses

DEN 015. New Student Orientation Seminar. (0) I, II. Introduction to the College of Engineering. Emphasis is on new student (freshmen and transfer) transition to college life. Students obtain computer id's, information on college procedures (drop/add, curriculum change, and wait list), and receive guidance on how to become a successful student in the College of Engineering. NSOS has a lecture/ small group discussion format and meets only 3-4 times at the beginning of the semester.

DEN 120. Multicultural Engineering Enrichment Seminar. (1) I. Introduction to the academic and intellectual demands of an engineering curriculum from a multicultural perspective. Develop group cohesiveness and an attitude of mutual support by engaging in collaborative learning. Help students acquire effective study methods, analyze/compare learning/teaching styles, prepare for and improve examination performance, promote optimum utilization of campus resources, develop leadership and communication skills and enhance self-esteem. Credit may not be applied towards an engineering degree.

DEN 130. Careers in Science and Engineering. (0-1) I. Introduction to career opportunities with emphasis on gaining perspective from practicing professionals from multiple science and engineering disciplines through weekly seminars held throughout the semester. Two lab hours per week. Cross-listed with DAS130.

DEN 160. Engineering Concepts. (1) I, S. An introduction to engineering and engineering design. Students work in teams, practice communication skills, and apply problem- solving methods to the design, build, test process. Related topics include a review of the various fields of engineering and career opportunities. The availability of campus resources and the use of academic skills such as time management and goal setting are also emphasized. One rec. and one seminar a week.

DEN 200. Kansas State Engineer Publications. (1) I, II. Editorial, business, and production staff work on the Kansas State Engineer magazine, Kansas State Engineer on line, and the Critical Angle electronic newspaper. Staff members write, edit, photograph, illustrate, and design publications that report on the engineering arena, locally and globally, from the student perspective. May be repeated. One-hour rec.-staff meeting a week.

DEN 201. Amateur Radio Theory I. (1) I, II. Theory and practice of amateur (“ham”) radio operation. Basics of radio electronics, antennas, FCC regulations, Morse code; successful completion of the course should ensure passing the FCC Novice and “no-code” technician examinations. Credit may not be applied toward an engineering degree. Two hours rec. a week for ten weeks. (Includes examinations).

DEN 202. Amateur Radio Theory II. (1) I, II. Theory and practice of amateur (“ham”) radio operation. More basics of radio electronics, antennas, FCC regulations, Morse code; successful completion of the course should ensure passing the FCC General class examination. Credit may not be applied toward an engineering degree. One hour rec. and one hour Morse code lab a week. Pr.: DEN 201 or FCC Novice or “no-code” technician.

University General Education courseDEN 210. History of Building and Construction. (3) I. An introduction to the art and science of building. Historical review from ancient to contemporary including related construction methods, equipment, and systems. Three hours rec. a week.

DEN 220. Multicultural Engineering Colloquium. (1) II. Continuation of DEN 120. Emphasis on career exploration and development, introduction to graduate school options, preparation and responsibility for advising process, tips on breaking the failure cycle, behavior modification strategies, and developing and utilizing leadership skills. Credit may not be applied towards an engineering degree.

DEN 299. Honors Seminar in Engineering. (1) I, II. Selected topics of general interest. Open to students in the engineering honors program for one semester, usually taken in the first semester enrollment at K-State.

DEN 300. Introduction to Total Quality Management. (1) II. Learn about the basic philosophies of Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM). Topics include leadership concepts, supplier-customer relationships, group process, SPC tools, data gatherings, and related organizational issues. One hour lec. a week. Pr.: MATH 100, sophomore standing. Cross-listed with MGMT300.

DEN 301. Creative Problem Solving in Engineering. (1) II. Overview of major topics related to creative thinking, including idea development, overcoming personal and professional obstacles, managing change, effective problem solving, and teamwork productivity. Two hours lab. a week. Pr.: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

University General Education courseDEN 325. Introduction to Personal and Professional Development. (1) I, II. Overview of major topics related to personal and professional development, including communication, leadership, teamwork, continuous total quality improvement, and ethics. One hour lec. and one hour activity a week. Pr.: Sophomore standing.

DEN 398. Problems in Engineering and Technology. (Var.) I, II, S. A study of problems or topics in a specialized area of engineering or technology. Pr.: Approval of department head or dean.

DEN 399. Honors Colloquium in Engineering. (1) II. Selected topics of general interest. Open to students in the engineering honors program for one semester.

DEN 420. Introduction to Alternative Energy Sources. (3) II. Introduction to solar, geothermal, wind, tidal, thermal sea gradients, breeder reactor, and fusion energy sources. Concepts, devices, potential, economics, and status of each energy source. Introduction to the all-electric economy. Three hours rec. a week. Open to all nonengineering and first- and second-year engineering students.

DEN 425. Introduction to Energy and Environmental Technology. (2) I, II. An introductory course for nonengineering students. An introduction to the technology employed in analyzing energy and pollution control processes. The course emphasizes energy problems, control of water and air pollution, food and land use problems, and material recycling concepts. Not open to engineering students. Two hours lec. a week.

DEN 450. Impact of Technology on Society. (3) I, II. A study of social, economic, and environmental problems as a function of technology. Study of effect of various significant technological developments on present society and parallels with present developments. Study of current problems, detection of causes, and analysis of solutions. Implications for the future; governmental, industrial, and individual responsibility in detection of potential problems and methods of control or solution. Three hours rec. a week. Sophomore standing or above.

DEN 499. Honors Research in Engineering. (1) I, II. Individual research problem selected with approval of faculty advisor. Open to seniors in the engineering honors program for two semesters. Written report is presented at end of second semester.

DEN 550. Engineering Law. (3) II. An introduction to concepts of law pertinent to engineering practice. These include contracts, torts, products liability, business associations, engineering licensing, real and personal property law, commercial law, and taxes. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: Junior standing.

University General Education courseDEN 582. Natural Resources/Environmental Sciences Project (NRES). (3) I, II. A comprehensive project in NRES. Requires integration of information and understanding acquired in NRES secondary major courses. Students must prepare and present written and oral reports. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ENGL 415, SPCH 105. Pr. or conc.: 15 hours of approved courses in NRES secondary major. Cross listed with DAS 582 and GENAG 582.

Nuclear engineering technology courses

ET 480. Materials of Nuclear Reactor Systems. (2) On sufficient demand. The properties and behavior of fuel and nonfuel materials used in nuclear reactor systems are considered. Selected nuclear fuel cycle topics are covered. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: ET410.

ET 481. Nuclear Reactor Technology I. (3) On sufficient demand. Introduction to nuclear and neutron physics, including: interaction of neutrons, gamma rays, and beta and alpha particles with matter; production of neutrons and the neutron life cycle; basic neutron diffusion principles; and the nuclear fuel cycle. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: PHYS 114, STAT 320.

ET 482. Nuclear Reactor Technology Analysis. (3) On sufficient demand. Applied numerical analysis emphasizing solutions of elementary differential equations with a very strong emphasis on applications in nuclear reactor technology. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 211 or equiv.

ET 583. Nuclear Reactor Technology II. (3) On sufficient demand. Theory of diffusion and slowing down of neutrons with application to subcritical and critical reactors; introduction to the time behavior of reactor systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ET 481.

ET 584. Radiation Detection and Monitoring. (3) On sufficient demand. Principles of operation of detectors used in the measurement and monitoring of ionizing radiation. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ET 480.

ET 585. Nuclear Reactor Thermal Technology. (3) On sufficient demand. Introduction to conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer as applied to reactor cores and systems. Consideration of nuclear reactor safety and power reactor systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ET 481.

ET 586. Radiation Protection Technology. (2) On sufficient demand. A study of radiation protection environmental effects of radiation and an introduction to nuclear reactor shielding. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: ET 584.

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