June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
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Capstone Design Course as a Tool for Assessment and Improvement
This paper discusses the role of the Capstone Design course in achieving the goal of the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program at Alabama A&M University. The course is mapped to the ME Program educational objective and expected outcomes, as well as to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria and some additional ME Program criteria based on the requirements by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The program outcomes should be measurable, and so an assessment tool or Survey has been developed. The survey form is completed by the students at the end of the second semester of the Capstone Design course, along with their final project report. Evaluations by the instructors are also completed. The student survey results and faculty evaluations are compiled and compared with the above mentioned course mapping. The results show that there is considerable matching between the course mapping for the expected educational outcomes done by the faculty, and the survey completed by the graduating students in this respect. This serves as a tool for measuring the accomplishment of ABET requirements. The results also give some feedback for possible improvement in future.
The Capstone Design course also serves to prepare the students to succeed as entry-level engineers in industry, by acquiring technical design experience for appropriate careers. The students are required to make several oral presentations with audio-visual aids (using PowerPoint) about their project in front of the faculty and peers, during the semester. A Project Oral Presentation Evaluation Form has been developed which is completed by the faculty and peers during each presentation. The results are compiled and analyzed. The results show that there is significant (over 20%) improvement in the student performance due to this continuous evaluation by the faculty and peers. The Capstone Design course uses the knowledge learned by the students in various academic courses, and trains them how to complete a project as an engineer utilizing that knowledge. It also teaches the student to work effectively in a team, which is one of the top requirements of Best Practices for new B.S. graduate engineers by industry. By preparing the students to be successful engineers, the Capstone Design course improves student retention and will help to increase the percentage of minority black engineers in future.
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU), a historically black university, reflects the uniqueness of the traditional land-grant institution, which combines professional, vocational and liberal arts pursuits. The University provides baccalaureate and graduate studies that are compatible with the times to all qualified and capable individuals who are
Chowdhury, S., & Jalloh, A., & Rojas-Oviedo, R., & Seif, M., & Mobasher, A. (2007, June), Capstone Design Course As A Tool For Assessment And Improvement Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/1984
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