The main goal of the course is to work towards some of the more general ABET requirements, specifically the requirement that an engineering graduate must be able to apply knowledge, identify, formulate and solve engineering problems, communicate effectively, engage in life-long learning, and use techniques, skills, and tools in practice. These more general abilities will be practiced within the context of a numerical analysis course, therefore the secondary goal of the course is to have the students learn classes of ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations, implement numerical solutions to these and related problems like non-linear functions, and discuss the stability, efficiency, accuracy, rate of convergence, and effect of roundoff error in the resulting solution.

Educational research has developed various strategies and techniques for teaching science and engineering students. Through interaction with touchstone problems, context of numerical analysis, other students in the course, and their own learning process, students will practice the skills called for by ABET as well as learning numerical analysis. Formative assessment is a strategy for the instructor to interact with the course itself and ensure the continued satisfaction of course goals.