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A New Design Oriented Approach For Freshman Engineering

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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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1.24.1 - 1.24.8



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Maher E. Rizkalla

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Charles F. Yokomoto

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Carol L. O'Loughlin

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Session 2553


Maher E. Rizkalla, Charles F. Yokomoto, and Carol L. OLoughlin Department of Electrical Engineering Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 46202


Introduction In this paper, we describe a new approach in developing a design-oriented, first year, interdisciplinary experience for freshman engineering students under a Department of Education FII?SE grant. The new course, Introduction to Erzgineen”ng Methodology, represents a broader set of goals course than the old course, Eng”neen”ng Problem Solving, which was originally intended as an introduction to engineering problem solving. This existing course was based on traditional engineering topics such as circuit analysis, thermodynamics, and computing and students learned basic skills in a conventional lecture-recitation format. The existing course was found to be lacking as a motivating and exciting experience for first year engineering students. Since these two factors play strong roles in student retention and persistence, an interdisciplinary team of faculty decided to develop a course that would be attractive to today’s students, who bring with them a set of expectations that could not be met by the traditional textbook-oriented introduction to engineering course.

Basic Principles of the Course Design Several basic principles were developed for guidance in the design of the new course. These principles will be used to guide the faculty team through the course development process. The basic principles are the following: 1. The course must excite and motivate students to pursue a degree in engineering. 2. It must expose students to real-world engineering instead of textbook engineering. 3. It must integrate professional CAD software so that students can perform professional- quality design. 4. It must include industrial linkages so that students will be exposed to the industrial world early in the curriculum. 5. It must integrate principles of cooperative learning. 6. It must include material of an interdisciplinary nature. 7. It must be pedagogically sound.

1 This project is partially funded by FIPSE grant #Pl16A-50067

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Rizkalla, M. E., & Yokomoto, C. F., & O'Loughlin, C. L. (1996, June), A New Design Oriented Approach For Freshman Engineering Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6204

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