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A Graduate Level Case Study Integration Of Capstone Concepts In Engineering Management

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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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Assessment in EM Education

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8.54.1 - 8.54.8



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Paul Kauffmann

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William Peterson

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Session: 3242

A Graduate Case Study – Integration of Capstone Concepts in Engineering Management

Paul Kauffmann and Bill Peterson Old Dominion University

Assessment and Capstone Case Projects Many master in engineering management programs are considering accreditation by ABET, ASEM or similar organizations as a means to demonstrate and assure quality. In many assessment systems, a capstone project is employed to provide a consistent and controlled opportunity for students to demonstrate proficiency in key learning outcomes. This paper contributes to the literature in this area by proposing a case study that contains content related to several key topical areas including economic analysis, risk, decision complexity, and simulation.

Learning objectives for the capstone exercise include: • System thinking with identification of interrelationships to develop a total cost equation • Structured decision analysis • Statistical methods and trend analysis • Engineering economics • Written and oral (Presentation) communication skills

The case study is presented below and the authors solicit input and involvement to analyze the capability of the case to elicit responses from students that substantiate the learning objectives. In particular, the nature of the capstone case concept is to provide an open opportunity for students to demonstrate the program learning objectives. Consequently, in particular at the graduate level, the case must present a reasonable level of ambiguity coupled with adequate data to support reasonable solutions.

Problem overview

NASA currently has active research programs in turbulence sensing. You are a NASA research manager and have been tasked with examining the question of continuing funding for research in turbulence sensing systems. You must develop and substantiate a case to support continued funding or discontinuation of support for this research

Your case analysis should include a thorough examination of the following issues: • Identify an analytical equation to structure your decision analysis • Explicitly state your approach to valuing the terms of your equation. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Kauffmann, P., & Peterson, W. (2003, June), A Graduate Level Case Study Integration Of Capstone Concepts In Engineering Management Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11609

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