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A Combined Outcomes Based Materials Curriculum

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.5.1 - 4.5.5

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Lawrence Genalo

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Session 1464

A Combined Outcomes-Based Materials Curriculum Lawrence J. Genalo Iowa State University

1. Introduction

Beginning with the 1999 catalog, Iowa State will be moving from two degrees (Metallurgical Engineering and Ceramic Engineering) to a single degree in Materials Engineering (1). Under the new program graduates will be more well-rounded materials engineers, a desired outcome based on input from our Industrial Advisory Council and others. While building this new program from the ground up, desired outcomes (in particular, ABET 2000) were the driving force. Each course, as it was being developed, was looked at in terms of how it helped to meet these outcomes and each course has its own course-specific outcomes. We have developed a matrix mapping desired program learning outcomes to these courses and are deciding how to assess the achievement of these outcomes.

The new program includes four specialization areas, from which each student must choose two. These areas are Ceramic, Electronic, Metallic, and Polymeric Materials. In addition to a core materials curriculum taken by all majors, each specialty area is a series of four courses which add depth in a particular area. This unique program will allow students to have both the breadth and depth needed to function in the current materials workplace.

2. Learning Outcomes in Materials at ISU

The Materials Engineering Program at Iowa State University has established the following desired learning outcomes in their graduates. Of course, this includes the 11 outcomes in ABET’s Criterion 3;

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility g. an ability to communicate effectively h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context i. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning j. a knowledge of contemporary issues

Genalo, L. (1999, June), A Combined Outcomes Based Materials Curriculum Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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