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Assessing Undergraduate Mechanics Courses

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Trends in Mechanics Education

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7.238.1 - 7.238.5



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John Duke

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Don Morris

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Session 2268

Assessing Undergraduate Mechanics Courses

John C. Duke, Jr. and Don H. Morris Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics Virginia Tech


A uniform procedure for assessing courses for continuous improvement, consistent with ABET EC2000, has been developed at Virginia Tech in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. This paper will describe the details of this procedure and how the procedure fits within an overall process for Student Outcomes Assessment. Specific examples of the course assessment process and how the assessment data are used to evaluate student achievement as well as form the basis for recommendations for course improvement will be discussed.


Continuous improvement of student learning as well as maintaining relevancy of the course content are the objectives of ABET EC 20001 . To support such an approach a process for assessing individual courses as well as student outcomes from the overall program is needed. However, for faculty members at a Research I university their responsibilities include not only teaching, but also research and outreach. As a consequence, the process must be effective and efficient.

The process developed and implemented in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech will be described and examples of the data collected presented. The course assessment outcomes assessment process is part of an overall effort to sustain an outstanding undergraduate educational program in engineering science and mechanics at a comprehensive land grant Research I university, Fig. 1. The undergraduate program objectives are maintained consistent with the needs of its constituents as well as the University and College of Engineering strategic plans through this process.

Course Assessment Process – The Big Picture

The overall process for course assessment is depicted schematically in Fig. 2.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Duke, J., & Morris, D. (2002, June), Assessing Undergraduate Mechanics Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10131

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