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A Cornerstone Course for Engineering Education: The Design Graphics Collaboratory
Ronald E. Barr Mechanical Engineering Department University of Texas at Austin
Abstract The ABET accreditation criterion 5 requires a "culminating major engineering design experience" in the curriculum (ABET, 2018). This is commonly referred to as the senior capstone design course. The freshman engineering education experience is loaded with required science and mathematics courses, and there is little room for an engineering experience. Nonetheless, most faculty want to have some engineering course during the freshman year, and many ideas have been tried over the years. Of these many ideas, the concept of a team design project with hands-on activities seems to be the most popular and most beneficial (Smith 2003; Ross, 2013). This paper reports on such a proposed freshman engineering cornerstone course, the Design Graphics Collaboratory (Barr, 2018). This freshman cornerstone course would mimic the senior capstone course in some ways, and would give the students a realistic glimpse of their future engineering education experiences.
Barr, R. E. (2021, March), A Cornerstone Course for Engineering Education: The Design Graphics Collaboratory Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/36355
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