July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Design in Engineering Education
A capstone course is usually the peak experience for students in most engineering education programs. In addition to any specific learning objectives, capstone courses provide students with the finishing touches needed for fielded practice, the opportunity to boost their confidence, and the platform to demonstrate the attainment of the program student outcomes. Depending on the program and discipline, engineering capstone courses usually take the form of open-ended design projects that integrate and synthesize what students have learned through the academic program in team setting experience. As defined by ABET, “Engineering design is a process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs and specifications within constraints. It is an iterative, creative, decision-making process in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources into solutions. Engineering design involves identifying opportunities, developing requirements, performing analysis and synthesis, generating multiple solutions, evaluating solutions against requirements, considering risks, and making trade- offs, for the purpose of obtaining a high-quality solution under the given circumstances.” Considering the ABET engineering design definition and the importance of capstone courses to engineering programs and accreditation, this paper discusses the achievement of the learning objectives of capstone design courses through the online teaching format necessitated by the circumstances associated with COVID-19. To successfully achieve the capstone design experience objectives and outcomes through online teaching, the engineering design process and the role of design as an engineering activity will be studied. The virtual nature of design activity and outcomes will be demonstrated. To illustrate the applicability and implementation of the derived concepts some examples of engineering capstone courses will be presented.
El-Sayed, M. E., & El-Sayed, J. A. (2021, July), Achieving Capstone Design Objectives During Necessitated COVID-19 Online Teaching Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36639
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