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A Comparative Review of Two Engineering Economics Sections: One Traditional and One Online

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Engineering Economy Division Technical Session

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Engineering Economy

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23.29.1 - 23.29.12

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Joseph Hubert Wilck IV East Carolina University

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Dr. Joseph Wilck received a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Wilck is a registered professional engineer, vice president of Student Development for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and a member of INFORMS, ASEE, INCOSE, APICS, IEEE, and ASEM. Dr. Wilck's research has been sponsored by NSF, DOE, ORNL, and industrial partners. Dr. Wilck has held a faculty position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently an assistant professor of Engineering at East Carolina University.

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Paul J. Kauffmann P.E. East Carolina University

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Dr. Paul J. Kauffmann is a professor and former chair in the Department of Engineering at East Carolina University. His industry career included positions as Plant Manager and Engineering Director. Dr. Kauffmann received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and MENG in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State and is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina.

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Title: A Comparative Review of Two Engineering Economics Sections: One Traditional and One OnlineAuthors: Paul Kauffmann, Joseph WilckRecommended Session: Engineering Economy Division(2nd Choice: Industrial Engineering Division)Abstract: This paper analyzes success in meeting learning objectives in two sections of anundergraduate engineering economics course where the professor, course schedule (day-to-day),lectures, assignments, and assessments were constant throughout the semester. The only difference isthe on line nature of one section and the face to face, traditional approach of the other. The specificcourse is also a university-designated Writing Intensive course and results will include comparisons ofthe writing assignments of the two sections. Consequently, the paper will analyze both the traditionalundergraduate engineering economics content and the additional objectives for various writingassignments. Comparative statistical tests on the mean, median, and variance will be evaluated anddiscussed for important assignments using appropriate rubrics (e.g., grades on assignments, studentsatisfaction, objectives assessment).

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