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An Advanced Teaching Methodology to Improve Student Learning Outcomes in Core Discipline Content and Soft Skills

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering Management

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Ekaterina Koromyslova South Dakota State University

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Dr. Ekaterina Koromyslova is an Assistant Professor in Operations Management. She teaches several courses, including Operations and Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Cost Analysis, and Decision Making in Management. She has several years of industry experience as an analyst-consultant for manufacturing companies and as a leading manager in supply chain and logistics. Her research interests are in engineering education, including learner-centered teaching strategies, inductive teaching and learning, and development of students' soft skills.

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Alexander Koromyslov South Dakota State University

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Dr. Alexander Koromyslov is an Instructor in the Construction and Operations Management department at South Dakota State University. He teaches online and hybrid courses including Analysis in Management, Design for Production, and Contemporary Logistics courses. His research interests are in Lifelong Learning concept of education. He holds MS degree in Business Economics and Management of Transportation Systems and PhD degree in Economics. He has several years of industry experience as a Leading Engineer in Logistics.

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The research paper addresses the existing gap between employers’ expectations and the competencies of college graduates. According to recent reports, there is an increasing need to adopt new methodologies in teaching to help students improve their career readiness. Contemporary requirements to engineering workforce, besides the core discipline skills, include proficiency in complex open-ended problem solving, interdisciplinary collaboration, and management and leadership skills.

The proposed methodology is based on a role-play simulation of a workplace situation. This approach has been used in many disciplines, but not in the engineering management programs, such as Industrial Management, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management. A pilot study was conducted to test the proposed methodology. We integrated three different classes within one undergraduate program. Students from these classes participated in the simulation as employees of different companies-partners of one supply chain. Students played roles of members of different departments in a company, including the departments' and company’s leaders.

Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed to evaluate the project outcomes and to assess the students learning outcomes. The paper will highlight the methodology of the teaching approach, how it helps to achieve better learning outcomes for both core and soft skills, and how students perceive an effectiveness of this teaching approach.

Koromyslova, E., & Koromyslov, A. (2019, June), An Advanced Teaching Methodology to Improve Student Learning Outcomes in Core Discipline Content and Soft Skills Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32053

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