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Comparison of Engineering Economics Learning Outcomes and Student Perception

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Curricula Innovations in Engineering Economics

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Engineering Economy

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26.378.1 - 26.378.11



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Paul J. Kauffmann P.E. East Carolina University

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Paul J. Kauffmann is Professor Emeritus and past Chair in the Department of Engineering at East Carolina University. His industry career included positions as Plant Manager and Engineering Director. Dr. Kauffmann received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and MENG in Mechanical
Engineering from Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State and is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina.

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Joseph Wilck East Carolina University

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Dr. Joe Wilck is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Department at East Carolina University and a registered Professional Engineer. He is a volunteer leader with the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is also an active member of INFORMS, INCOSE, and TRB. His research is in the areas of applied optimization and engineering education, and he has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation; among others. He primarily teaches courses in analytics, operations research, supply chain, and logistics.

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Paul C. Lynch Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Paul C. Lynch received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lynch is a member of AFS, SME, IIE, and ASEE. Dr. Lynch’s primary research interests are in metal casting, manufacturing systems, and engineering education. Dr. Lynch has been recognized by Alpha Pi Mu, IIE, and the Pennsylvania State University for his scholarship, teaching, and advising. He received the Outstanding Industrial Engineering Faculty Award in 2011 and 2013, the Penn State Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award in 2013, and the Outstanding Advising Award in the College of Engineering in 2014 for his work in undergraduate education at Penn State. Dr. Lynch worked as a regional production engineer for Universal Forest Products prior to pursuing his graduate degrees. He is currently a Lecturer and Academic Adviser in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

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Comparison of Engineering Economics Learning Outcomes Using Live Distance and Face to Face Delivery MethodsA continuing trend in engineering education is increasing use of distance or on line deliveredinstructional materials. There is a growing body of literature which examines various aspects ofon line versus traditional instructional methods but the study of engineering classes deliveredlive using different modalities is not well studied. This paper adds to this literature by examiningthe effectiveness of two parallel course delivery techniques in accomplishing student learning:live face to face lectures compared to live distance delivered lectures. Three sections ofengineering economics with three different instructors (two face to face and one distancedelivered) participated in the study. All three sections used consistent final exam questions andevaluated learning outcomes using consistent rubrics. The paper will analyze similarities anddifferences in student accomplishment based on these final exam questions and student responsesto related survey questions. In addition, the distance delivered lectures employed a responsesystem which enabled quizzes and attendance monitoring very similar to a face to face courseusing clicker technology. Results of this new innovation will also be analyzed in the paper.This study will be of interest to engineering educators and in particular those who are exploringor investigating various distance learning approaches.

Kauffmann, P. J., & Wilck, J., & Lynch, P. C. (2015, June), Comparison of Engineering Economics Learning Outcomes and Student Perception Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23717

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