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A Corrosion Module For Computer Based Instruction Of Materials Science: Initial Student Feedback And Analysis

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.6.1 - 1.6.6



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Laura L. Lisiecki

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Session 1658

A Corrosion Module for Computer Based Instruction of Materials Science: Initial Student Feedback and Analysis

Laura L. Lisiecki Lawrence Technological University


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring the Greenfield Coalition for New Manufacturing Education, which was formed in order to initiate a new curriculum in mantiacturing engineering and technology for students wishing to obtain associate and bachelors degrees in manufacturing engineering technology and bachelor of science degrees in manufacturing engineering. The new curriculum is not based on traditional classroom experiences, but on computer based instruction combined with experiential learning. Together with the six coalition universities, the Center for Advanced Technologies (C.A.T. ) at Focus: HOPE in Detroit provides a state-of-the art manufacturing facility for student-candidates to gain engineering knowledge within the context of an industrial environment. The C.A.T. provides both case studies and projects for the candidates to investigate during the course of their education. The curriculum for these degrees was divided into several broad knowledge areas, one of which was the engineering materials knowledge area. The engineering materials knowledge area was subsequently divided into twelve modules, most of which used the dissemination method of computer based instruction. This presentation and paper describe the educational methodology used to develop the corrosion module, as well as the initial feedback from the candidates who went through the module. The corrosion module was designed to use case studies from the C.A.T., as well as common materials the candidates have experienced in their everyday lives. The module teaches basic principles of corrosion science and engineering, as well as corrosion prevention by carefil materials selection and part design. The structure and content of the module are developed on the “Authorware” software program which enables interactive techniques and multimedia instruction to enhance learning.


Engineering materials is a required course in the cumiculum for ABET accredited undergraduate engineering and engineering technology institutions. For this reason, the engineering materials knowledge area was one of six original knowledge areas selected for curriculum development by the six universities (Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit-Mercy, Wayne State University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Lehigh University, Central State University) in the NSF sponsored Greeniield Coalition for New Manufacturing Education. The Greenfield Coalition was established in order to develop a new curriculum for manufacturing engineering and technology education using non-traditional methods of instruction. These methods include computer based instruction, case studies and projects, portfolios and experiential learning. The unique element of the Greenfield Coalition is its partnership with the Center for Advanced Technologies (C.A.T. ) at Focus: HOPE in Detroit, Michigan, which is a national project including a futuristic 220,000 square foot manufacturing/learning facility opened in 1993. The C.A.T. provides both students, called candidates at

Lisiecki, L. L. (1996, June), A Corrosion Module For Computer Based Instruction Of Materials Science: Initial Student Feedback And Analysis Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5944

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