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Board # 153 : Utilizing the Chesapeake Bay as a Basis for a Place-based Multi-component Project to Attain Earth Systems Engineering Course Objectives

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Environmental Engineering Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Environmental Engineering

Page Count

20

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https://peer.asee.org/27781

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54

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Bradley A. Striebig James Madison University

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Dr. Striebig is a founding faculty member and first full professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Dr. Striebig came to the JMU School of from Gonzaga University where he developed the WATER program in cooperation with other faculty members. Dr. Striebig is also the former Head of the Environmental Technology Group at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory. In addition to Dr’ Striebig’s engineering work, he is also a published freelance photographer who has works with local and international NGOs. Dr. Striebig was the founding editor of the Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Development and an assistant editor for the Journal of Green Building.

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Abstract

Utilizing the Chesapeake Bay as a Basis for a Place-based Multi-component Project to Attain Earth Systems Engineering Course Objectives

All engineering students must take a Systems Engineering course to complete the engineering degree requirements the Department of Engineering. This paper discusses the implementation of a semester-long deep-learning project designed for students to engage in a topic related to the place they live and demonstrate course outcomes. This paper will include the seven different deep-learning assessments assigned to the students, examples of student work, a summary of student perceptions of the course and placed-based project and a mixed-methods assessment of the course.

The project was broken into seven stepwise assignments that encouraged students to identify subjects within the Chesapeake Bay that were of personal interest to them. Students then developed and proposed system based problems that were defined and refined as the course proceeded. The course objective and related ABET outcomes included the students demonstrate the abilities to:

Articulate and apply the basic concepts associated with systems analysis. A (a2) Identify and define the inputs, outputs, parts of system, and interactions. A (e2) Develop system representations at multiple levels of fidelity. A (a4) Develop mathematical models for analysis of system. A (a3) Evaluate and characterize system performance. K (k4) Appropriately use modeling software tools for analysis. K (k3) Identify and evaluate trade-offs to make informed decisions. C (c2) Synthesize and apply systems thinking, principles, and tools to complex systems. C (c3)

The course topics related to these outcomes included: 1) Introduction to Sustainable Systems; 2) Modeling Unit Components of Systems; 3) Environmental Treatment Systems; and 4) Combining complex systems. The course outcomes and topics are mapped to each and will be illustrated in the paper.

Striebig, B. A. (2017, June), Board # 153 : Utilizing the Chesapeake Bay as a Basis for a Place-based Multi-component Project to Attain Earth Systems Engineering Course Objectives Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27781

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