Highland Middle School

    Principles of Applied Engineering


    I. Course Description: Principles of Applied Engineering

    Principles of Applied Enginering provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their interrelationships. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Upon completing this course, students will have an understanding of the various fields and will be able to make informed decisions regarding a coherent sequence of subsequent courses. Further, students will have worked on a design team to develop a product or system. Students will use multiple software applications to prepare and present course assignments.

    II. The aims and objectives for the courses are:

    • develop an appreciation of the significance of technology for life, society and the environment

    • use knowledge, skills and techniques to create products/solutions of appropriate quality

    • develop problemsolving, critical- and creativethinking skills through the application of the design cycle

    • develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems

    • use and apply information and communication technology (ICT) effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, and to solve problems.

     III. Role of the Areas of Interaction in Principles of Applied Engineering

    The areas of interaction will be at the core of the teaching of Concepts of Engineering Technology curriculum atl. The Career and Technical Education department will map the areas of interaction for all units taught during the school year.

     AOI’s are as follows:


                Human Ingenuity

                Approaches to Learning

                Community and Service

                Health and Social Education

     IV. Texts and resources

    Reference books and material are located in the classroom, library and on the internet. 


     V. Teaching Methodology


                Guided Practice

                Peer Conferencing

                Teacher Conferencing

                Editing and Correcting


    VI. Methods of Assessment                                             


    Skills Test                                                        

    Knowledge of Activity                                                              



     All students are required to maintain an Engineering Notebook.

    In addition to the course requirements, the students will complete several hands-on projects that will be created in the woodshop. The students will be expected to work with drills, saws, lathes, and various other woodworking tools. Although appropriate instruction in the safe operation of these tools and equipment is provided, and close supervision is maintained at all times; there is always inherent risk involved with the use of power tools due to the nature of the experience, the age of the students, and the learning environment.