June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.78.1 - 24.78.15
A New Look at Involving Undergraduate Students, Real Life Applications, and Active Learning Activities in the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Course Delivery ProcessThis paper discusses a new approach taken in industrial engineering course delivery that bringsreal life case studies and active learning activities into the industrial engineering classroom. Italso discusses the active role that senior undergraduate students with internship and co-opexperience play in helping to deliver the real life, active learning components of the courses.The paper first briefly summarizes the results of work that was completed on modeling studentsatisfaction and motivation that was the purpose for this current effort. The paper then goes onto explain the current and ongoing work being carried out in an engineering economy course andmanufacturing solidification processes course in an attempt to update and upgrade the curriculumwhile also improving student satisfaction in the courses through improving course delivery.Senior undergraduate industrial students have worked with the instructor of the industrialengineering economy course to form a new “Business in Engineering Group” (B.E.G.) withintheir industrial engineering department. The students all have internship or co-op experience andthey are serving as financial advisers to help deliver the engineering economy course to helpbridge the gap between financial accounting and the classic engineering economy course inindustrial engineering. B.E.G. has planned to bring in speakers to discuss the importance ofunderstanding the corporate financial statements, finances, and business planning toundergraduate industrial engineering students. The financial advisers are also working with casestudy teams in the engineering economy course throughout the semester on managing theperformance of investment portfolios that were put together by the students. The financialadvisers are also helping the students to complete a case study that incorporates financialstatement analysis, investment portfolio management, and retirement planning (i.e., traditionalIRA, Roth IRA, and 401 (k)).Senior undergraduate industrial engineering students with metal casting industry internship orco-op work experience that are part of the industrial engineering student chapter of the AmericanFoundry Society (AFS) are helping to deliver a manufacturing solidification processes throughhands on lab instruction, on site plant visits, industry speakers and networking sessions, and afinal course case study.The new approach being taken to deliver the course material in an active manner that includescurrent undergraduate students in the course delivery is discussed. The active learningassignments and delivery of the courses will be discussed in detail. Student feedback receivedfrom the study on satisfaction and motivation and this new approach to course delivery will alsobe presented and discussed.
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