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Achieving Those Difficult Abet Program Educational Outcomes Through A Capstone Design Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Developing ABET Outcomes F--J

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7.141.1 - 7.141.14

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Karim Nasr

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Raymond Berg

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Session 2566

Achieving Those Difficult ABET Program Educational Outcomes Through a Capstone Design Course

Raymond M. Berg, Karim J. Nasr

Mechanical Engineering Department Kettering University


In July 2001, Kettering University implemented a reformed engineering curriculum and ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 assessment program. In accordance with EC 2000 Criterion 3, the Mechanical Engineering Department addressed the eleven ABET required program educational outcomes A-K, and also implemented eight additional M. E. program outcomes L-S based on professional societies input and departmental requirements. In preparing for this new curriculum and related assessment practices, the senior-level M. E. capstone design course “Plant and Facilities Design” was selected in October 2000 as a pilot course, for the development of the student capstone portfolio concept and the capstone outcomes assessment process.

In particular, the M. E. Department wished to determine best methods of demonstrating achievement of seven “difficult” or “non-traditional” program educational outcomes which have not classically been “taught” as part of the M. E. curriculum. These include: 1) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; 2) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; 3) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; 4) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning; 5) a knowledge of contemporary issues; 6) an ability to manage engineering projects including the analysis of economic factors; and 7) an ability to understand the dynamics of people both in singular and group settings.

This paper presents the revisions made to the pilot capstone course, both to demonstrate pre- existing student achievement of these seven outcomes, and to augment that achievement in the capstone course. This paper also presents the EC 2000 assessment strategies developed for the capstone course, and the results of course coordinator, peer and student assessments which demonstrate success in achieving these seven difficult outcomes.

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Nasr, K., & Berg, R. (2002, June), Achieving Those Difficult Abet Program Educational Outcomes Through A Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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