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Board 38: Work In Progress: Development and Evaluation of an Online Chemical Engineering Bridging Course

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Chemical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Chemical Engineering

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Hassan Golpour North Carolina State University


Matthew Cooper North Carolina State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Matthew Cooper is an Associate Professor (Teaching Track) in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University where he teaches Material and Energy Balances, Unit Operations, Transport Phenomena and Mathematical / Computational Methods. He is the recipient of the 2014 NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award, 2014 ASEE Southeastern Section Outstanding New Teacher Award, and the 2016 ASEE ChE Division Raymond W. Fahien Award. Dr. Cooper’s research interests include effective teaching, conceptual and inductive learning, integrating writing and speaking into the curriculum and professional ethics.

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Lisa G. Bullard North Carolina State University

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Dr. Lisa Bullard is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from NC State and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She served in engineering and management positions within Eastman Chemical Company from 1991-2000. A faculty member at NC State since 2000, Dr. Bullard has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising, including the ASEE Raymond W. Fahien Award, the John Wiley Premier Award for Engineering Education Courseware, NC State Faculty Advising Award, National Effective Teaching Institute Fellow, NC State Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award, and the ASEE Southeastern Section Mid-Career Teacher Award. She is a member of the editorial board for Chemical Engineering Education and serves a Director of the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. She will be a co-author, along with Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Ronald Rousseau, of the 4th edition of Chemical Process Principles. Dr. Bullard’s research interests lie in the area of educational scholarship, including teaching and advising effectiveness, academic integrity, process design instruction, and the integration of writing, speaking, and computing within the curriculum.

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This paper discusses the development and assessment of an online chemical engineering bridging course, which is a two-semester course designed to prepare students with backgrounds in chemistry, biology and other non-chemical engineering fields for graduate study in chemical engineering. Although it is not equivalent to a four-year degree in chemical engineering, the course aims to furnish students with sufficient background to successfully undertake graduate classes offered by a chemical engineering program. This course will also provide a suitable option for employees in technical fields who desire understanding of core chemical engineering concepts.

Using information technology and multimedia tools, short topic modules have been designed which use video lectures, worked screencasts of example problems and homework solutions, and conceptual testing instruments. Students will be able to communicate and discuss their ideas and problems using live and archived group chat-room applications to practice working in an interactive group work environment with other students and the course instructor.

We plan to utilize evidence-based evaluation techniques to assess the effectiveness of the course (and individual features of the course) toward student learning. Possible evaluation methods will be discussed, and feedback from the audience will be encouraged.

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Golpour, H., & Cooper, M., & Bullard, L. G. (2018, June), Board 38: Work In Progress: Development and Evaluation of an Online Chemical Engineering Bridging Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30021

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