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Assessment of Student Learning Experience in Two Exemplary Engineering Projects

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 5

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Electrical and Computer

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Wookwon Lee Gannon University

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Wookwon Lee, P.E. received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Inha University, Korea, in 1985, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He is currently an associate professor and department chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Gannon University, Erie, PA. Prior to joining Gannon, he had been involved in various research and development projects in industry and academia for more than 15 years.

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Nicholas B. Conklin Gannon University

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Nicholas B. Conklin received a B.S. in applied physics from Grove City College in 2001, and a Ph.D. in physics from Penn State University in 2009. He is currently an associate professor and chair of the Physics Department at Gannon University, Erie, PA.

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In this paper, we examine and quantify similarities of two engineering projects each of which is either 1) an undergraduate research project primarily integrating off-the-shelf devices and referred to as the “system integration and configuration project” or 2) a project primarily involving bottom-up implementation using discrete electronic components and ICs while conceived in a top-down design and referred to as the “design and implementation project.” For the quantification of similarities and characteristics of project activities, we apply the Cohen’s kappa to survey data obtained from a group of students who have been on both types of projects. Our analysis indicates that the quantification technique using the Cohen’s kappa could be a useful tool to evaluate similarities of two engineering projects in addressing student learning outcomes.

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