June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Design in Engineering Education
23.285.1 - 23.285.16
Changes in Student Perceptions of Engineering Design During the Completion of a Solid Modeling CourseAbstractFor several years, we have used evaluations of students’ work in a solid modeling course as partof an assessment and evaluation method for ABET learning outcomes C and K; the ability ofstudents to design a system, component, or process, and to use modern engineering toolsnecessary for successful engineering practice. The evaluation process focuses on the students’ability to apply a specific software package (NX, formerly known as Unigraphics) in asophomore-level course entitled “Computer Aided Design and Integrated ManufacturingCAD/CAM/CIM” where they work on assignments and a self-selected project that involve usingthe software efficiently, creating the correct geometry in both shape and size, and employingconstraint-based solid modeling to transfer design intent from drawing to model. The creation ofpart models, assemblies, and layout drawings is covered. While it is clear and measurable thatstudents come a long way towards mastering these concepts, what we have not known is howtheir perceptions of engineering design have changed during the semester in which theycompleted the solid modeling course. In this study, we follow a cohort of students through afifteen-week solid modeling course. The identical web-based survey is administered during thefirst week and after the fifteenth week of classes. The survey is composed of several open-endedand multiple-choice questions that asks students what they feel are important attributes in solidmodeling and engineering design. Our goal is the development and refinement of a tool that canmeasure the progress of students as their understanding of engineering design evolves from arelatively immature state to a more advanced understanding.
Kirstukas, S. J., & Al-Masoud, N. (2013, June), Changes in Student Perceptions of Engineering Design During the Completion of a Solid Modeling Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19299
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