June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.330.1 - 8.330.15
COURSE ASSESSMENT ON ORAL COMMUNICATION INTENSIVE LABORATORY
Hyun W. Kim Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Youngstown State University
The Mechanical Engineering Program at Youngstown State University requires its students to take four physical laboratory courses directly related to mechanical engineering. Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Thermal Fluid Applications Laboratory are the two laboratory courses that cover the area of fluid thermal sciences. The TFA Laboratory deals with topics in the areas of fundamental and applied thermodynamics, fluid power, basic and advanced heat transfer. The laboratory is equipped with a number of commercial bench-top, wall-mounted, and stand-alone experimental equipment which allows students to conduct a variety of experiments on temperature measurement, calorimetry, heat conduction, forced and free convection, heat exchangers, radiation heat transfer, solar radiation, refrigeration system, internal combustion engines, flue gas analysis, pump operation, and turbo machinery.
In a traditional laboratory setup, students are required to submit a written report on each experiment. However, in this oral communication intensive laboratory, a series of spoken and written reports, along with an expert’s review on oral communication, group discussions, impromptu reports, observation and critical reviews, and formal oral presentations, are required to present the findings from several selected experiments. The activities related to oral reports and formal presentations are videotaped for later review by individuals and groups. New instruments of assessment have been developed to measure the outcome of the implementation. The assessment found that students were mostly positive on the experience and felt that they gained a significant degree of confidence in technical presentation, public speaking, and oral communication in general.
The Mechanical Engineering Program at Youngstown State University offers MECH 4835L Thermal Fluid Applications Laboratory once a year in the Fall semester to students who are mostly seniors seeking a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The course was created two years ago in Fall 2000 when the calendar of the University changed from a Quarter to Semester system. This laboratory course must be taken concurrently with the companion lecture course, MECH 4835 Thermal Fluid Applications. The companion lecture and laboratory courses are the last of the sequential courses in the area of fluid thermal sciences, which students must take to satisfy the graduation requirements . Therefore, the courses are application oriented, although the course offers several experiments that reinforce students’ understanding on fundamentals of
“Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright© 2003, American Society for Engineering Education” 1
Kim, H. (2003, June), Course Assessment On Oral Communication Intensive Laboratory Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12130
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