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A Hybrid Interdisciplinary Mechatronics Engineering Course Using Content-Based Learning and Project-Based Learning

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Engineering Division Poster Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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24.58.1 - 24.58.10



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Genisson Silva Coutinho Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia

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Genisson Silva Coutinho currently teaches in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Technology at the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia. He is a mechanical engineer and holds a Bachelor's degree in law and a Master's degree in mechanical engineering. He has been teaching at different levels, from the first year of technical high school to the final year of mechatronic engineering, since 1995. He also has considerable experience in the design and implementation of mechatronic and production engineering courses. His non-academic career is centered on product development and manufacturing processes.

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Ana Rita Queiroz Ferraz Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana

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Psychologist. Master in Education. Ph.D. in Education and Contemporary. Search the relationships between education, art and contemporary body.

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Cristina Voigt Coutinho Voigt Brasil Recursos Humanos

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Director of Voigt Brazil Recursos Humanos. Psychologist graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, with postgraduate studies in Psychodrama at the Brazilian Society of Psychodrama and Organizational Psychology at the UNIFACS. Acts as a psychologist in clinical and organizational area, with 18 years of experience in managing people, developing programs for leaders and teams. She is also a senior level Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation. As a teacher she gives classes in postgraduate courses of Personnel Management , Organizational Psychology and routines Labor. She was Director of Benchmark and Training from The Brazilian Association of Human Resources, Section Bahia.

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A Hybrid Interdisciplinary Mechatronics Engineering Course Using Content Based Learning and Project Based LearningThe mechatronics engineering is essentially a multidisciplinary engineering. Bringing togethercomputing, electronics and mechanics, among other sciences, requires a long course and withoutthe use of active learning strategies the students suffer certain deficiencies, especially in relationto practical skills.This paper presents and discusses the process of implementation of a mechatronics engineeringcourse by means of an interdisciplinary model using content based learning and project basedlearning. The work involved a team of more than 20 teachers from different disciplines. Theprogram was introduced in 2001 and continues to this date.As a strategy for defining the semester projects that should include theoretical formulation andpractical results in terms of product or system, it were listed the main skills and knowledge that amechatronics engineer should acquire during the whole course, and then graded them in terms ofthe semester projects. By this way were created a series of projects with different levels ofdifficulty. These projects were, level by level, providing to the students the essential skills andcontents that otherwise would never been treated on the classical courses. There was not only atutor, but all the professors had been asked to connect their classroom contents with the possibledemands of each project. Progress was discussed at weekly and monthly meetings. The resultswere excellent and several student research and competition groups were created. Those groupswon national and international prizes.We present and discuss the main aspects related to the course implementation, including thevirtues and difficulties such as barriers created by the faculty team, problems with infrastructureand with the students themselves.

Coutinho, G. S., & Ferraz, A. R. Q., & Coutinho, C. V. (2014, June), A Hybrid Interdisciplinary Mechatronics Engineering Course Using Content-Based Learning and Project-Based Learning Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19950

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