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Capstone Course Sequence for Engineering Technology Students Abstract This paper discusses the capstone experience for the students of the Applied Engineering Technology (AET) program at Drexel University. AET was introduced at Drexel University in 2002 as a five-year co-op-based program with a mission to “provide contemporary students with an academic foundation and practical education in engineering technology through an outstanding curriculum and applied research program, and the participation of our students in one of the nation's most successful cooperative educational programs.” The Senior Design Project provides major evidence in demonstrating how well the program meets its mission. Program Educational Objectives (PEO) are consistent with the AET mission and the general ABET outcomes.1 The three-term nine-credit course sequence of the senior design project during the senior year is discussed term-by-term in detail. Groups of three or four students pick the topics of the project recommended by the faculty, industry representatives, or chosen by the students based on their experience during co-op cycles. This capstone experience allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills at a professional level. The course sequence is finalized by the completion of a working prototype and a presentation of the project to the Senior Design Project Committee, AET students and faculty, and general audience during the third week of May. Introduction
The mission of the Applied Engineering Technology program is to provide contemporary students with an academic foundation and practical education in engineering technology through an outstanding curriculum and applied research program, and the participation of our students in one of the nation's most successful cooperative educational programs.
The structure of the paper consists of the description and analysis of each of the three courses in the capstone sequence.2 General discussions and conclusions are presented with suggestions for further development and improvement of this sequence. Special attention is focused on how each element of the capstone sequence contributes to accomplishing the mission of the AET program. The project emphasizes the team approach to solving multidisciplinary problems in real-world industrial environment.3 Each team is assigned a faculty advisor based on the topic of the project and mutual interests of the students and faculty.4 State-of-the-art laboratories of the AET program are utilized by the students for prototype development, design, and evaluation. Students apply their previous knowledge and experience gained during the laboratory-based courses and co-op cycles. In addition, during the three-term capstone experience students develop skills in making professional presentations and writing technical reports.5 Specifically, the capstone sequence for AET students during the 2008-2009 academic year is described in detail. Senior Design Project I Senior Design Project I (MET 421) starts in the fall term of the senior year. At the end of the course, a written proposal and an oral presentation of the proposal are completed. To achieve this goal in ten weeks, the following schedule is executed (Table 1). Each week, the students meet with the faculty advisor and present the progress of the project.
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