June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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At Eastern Washington University, we teach a class titled Computer-Aided Design and ProjectManagement to a combination of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and otherTechnology students. This course is not what is usually associated with the term CAD, butrather an introduction to Project Management and spreadsheets as an Engineering design tool.The class has a very strong hands-on component using MS Excel and Project. The students arethen required to use both tools in their later courses, particularly analysis in their laboratorycourses and planning/tracking of the Capstone Design course. These students also take aTechnical Writing course from the English Department to prepare them for report writing.We use several assignments of increasing difficulty to expose the students to Excel as a designtool and Project to organize and track a project. The quarter culminates with small teams ofstudents using both tools to design, plan, and track a virtual project of their choice such asstarting a small company, building a structure, or installing equipment in a plant. The teamsmust submit a report and make a semi-formal presentation to the class and instructor.As part of our continuous improvement effort, we assess nine course objectives. We willpresent a statistical analysis of how well both the students and instructor believed theobjectives were met. The analysis controls for several instructors, several years, and both METstudents who must take two quarters of calculus and Technology students who take pre-calculus. We also teach an accelerated version of the course that also incorporates a largetechnical writing component to our ME students and we will include anecdotal data from thatcourse.
Weiser, M. W., & Saad, H. S., & Larsen, K. F. (2014, June), Computer Aided Design and Project Management Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20196
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