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An Assessment Process For A Capstone Course: Design Of Fluid Thermal Systems

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Trends in ME Education Poster Session

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9.168.1 - 9.168.27



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John Hochstein

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Session 1566

AN ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR A CAPSTONE COURSE: DESIGN OF FLUID THERMAL SYSTEMS William S. Janna, John I. Hochstein Herff College of Engineering The University of Memphis Memphis TN 38152

Extended Abstract An assessment process has been developed in order to measure how well a capstone design course, Design of Fluid Thermal Systems, meets the needs of the students with regard to process educational goals and educational objectives. The ultimate purpose of the process is to improve the quality of the capstone design course in the fluid-thermal systems area by obtaining feedback about the course from students who have completed it.

The process goals are to provide the students with the ability to: solve practical pipe flow problems; determine the pipe diameter that will minimize the initial and operating costs for an installation; tsize a pump for a given piping system and to select an operating configuration to avoid pump cavitation; demonstrate the ability to analyze a heat exchanger: given two flow streams, calculate expected outlet temperatures; and effectively function as a member of a design team. With regard to the ABET a through k program outcomes, the students are expected to gain: (c) the ability to design a system, component or process to meet needs (d) the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (e) the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (g) the ability to communicate effectively (k) the ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools in engineering practice (o) An ability to work professionally in the thermal sciences area, including the ability to successfully design a fluid thermal system The Instructor(s) of Record for the course will administer to the students enrolled in that course a survey designed to assess progress toward process goals, and to measure identified program outcomes. Information collected from this survey is summarized, evaluated, and used as a basis for defining action items.

An annual report will be produced to document the activities of each process cycle. The report shall include: • A title page with the process title, the cycle number, and the period of performance. • Documentation prepared by the instructor to record his findings. • Documentation of the instructor’s evaluation of the findings and consequent action items. • A section containing the Process Definition for that cycle. • An Appendix showing the activities performed during the current cycle and an estimate of the faculty time expended in performing those activities. The annual report is provided in this study.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Hochstein, J. (2004, June), An Assessment Process For A Capstone Course: Design Of Fluid Thermal Systems Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13483

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