What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing general engineering over electronic engineering etc? Do you go into the same depth as you would with a normal engineering degree? Why do only a few universities do general engineering?
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General Engineering vs One Discipline Watch
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- 12-12-2010 22:44
- 13-12-2010 01:59
In order to deliver a general engineering course that still has all the core content required to still have accreditation with all the relevant professional engineering institutions you generally need to have an above average ability cohort of students.
A high ability cohort is able to transition between very different courses of study and can get up to speed quickly. If you have students capable of this you can compress the modules (e.g. if you only have students with As in Maths and Further Maths you can do 16 lectures on maths instead of 32 in the first year and use the other 16 lecture hours to fit in another course).
Content is sometimes reduced and there is a stronger focus on core themes in general courses. For example, instead of studying two different types of microprocessor in microelectronics, you might study just the one and the general principles of microprocessor design. General courses are only usually only general for the first two years and by the 3rd/4th years specialisation kicks in so you shouldn't really learn much less, if any less, than the specialists.
Disadvantages? If you find out that you are good at electronics but rubbish at materials then you might find yourself strugging to excel (exams-wise) for a couple of years and you might be bored doing all these compulsory courses in things you find you are not interested in.