With the expanding availability of computer facilities in the universities, there seems to be a growing trend to emphasize the use of large computer codes. This practice leads to a black box approach with overemphasis on the tools of analysis, to the detriment of proficiency in fundamental engineering concepts. A critique of this approach as used in the initial stages of a student's training period is presented. The importance of teaching engineering principles without overlooking the need for computer usage skills is advocated. The development of a computational laboratory for the purpose of integrating computer skills into traditional lecture oriented instruction is suggested, and benefits to practicing engineers are considered.

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  • Accession Number: 00385846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM