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A Curriculum Collaboration Model: Working With Upper Division Students To Improve A First Year Program

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.38.1 - 8.38.15



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Blaine Lilly

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Session 2793

A Curriculum Collaboration Model: Working with Upper Division Students to Improve a First-Year Program

Blaine Lilly, John Merrill, Omer Masud, Stuart Brand, Michael Hoffmann, Anita Ahuja, Vamsi Ivaturi

The Ohio State University


This paper presents an overview of a quarter-long design-build project in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) course sequence, which is part of the First-Year Engineering Program at The Ohio State University (OSU). The current design-build project is discussed along with a justification for the need to institute a replacement. The primary focus of this paper is a unique collaboration model which was developed to address this need. Faculty, staff, and graduate teaching associates from the First-Year Engineering Program joined with the Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering (IWSE) Department to investigate possible solutions. The paper describes the curriculum research and design methods used by the curriculum team.

The document also discusses the requirements and constraints of the project and presents a detailed timeline of the evaluation and feedback tools implemented. The evaluation and feedback tools used are explained along with sample worksheets. The results of the first quarter are discussed in light of the constraints and requirements of the FE program. Finally, the improvements from the second quarter trials are further explained. This paper will provide clear examples of the project’s various cycles, discussion of the planned implementation process, and examples of the final roller coaster design.

The collaboration model is reviewed, with experiences gained and future plans presented.

I. Introduction

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) course sequence is part of the First-Year Engineering Program at OSU, and is mandatory for all students not enrolled in the Honors equivalent. The FE sequence consists of two courses (ENG 181 and ENG 183), in which students are exposed to Engineering drawing, MATLAB, Excel, hands-on labs, and a quarter-long design-build project involving different fields of engineering. Enrollment in these courses is approximately 1000 students. The current design-build project is entering its third year of full-scale use, and the need to institute a replacement was identified as the result of a curriculum analysis. With up to 162 student teams using lab space and materials in a given quarter, the challenge is to create a replacement that is intellectually challenging while at the same time makes wise and economical use of space and materials.

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Lilly, B., & Merrill, J. (2003, June), A Curriculum Collaboration Model: Working With Upper Division Students To Improve A First Year Program Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12576

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