New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
(Student Paper) Coordination is a mechanism by which multiple individuals align tasks, resources, and knowledge to make decisions during design. Within the design of an aerospace vehicle, coordination is essential to balance technical developments within disciplines and integration across disciplines. However, too often, aerospace engineering students lack the skills to effectively coordinate their preferences, constraints, and decisions. While effective coordination is required in the successful design of an aerospace vehicle, the skills required for coordinating knowledge about a design have yet to be explored within the literature. Previous research has investigated the impact of coordination in the context of high-stress, time-sensitive work environments, such as air traffic control, transportation systems, and emergency response systems. These work environments are typically supported by strict work protocols and processes intended to enable coordinating behaviors. Conversely, coordination in aerospace engineering design is driven by designers sharing pertinent knowledge as they deem necessary in an evolving design process, rather than by following explicit fixed protocols. Thus, the goal of this research is to define a model for coordination that can be articulated to, and used by novice aerospace engineers in the design of an aerospace vehicle. While educational research has previously examined the impact of communication and collaboration skills on student learning outcomes, few studies have incorporated an understanding of the impact of coordination skills on student performance in a team-oriented design course. This research explores how students approach coordination in an aerospace engineering capstone design course and compares their strategies to the coordination implicitly required by textbook design processes. In completing this research, the coordination inherent to the aerospace engineering design process was developed using textbooks commonly referenced in traditional aerospace engineering capstone courses. Indicators of coordination were identified at all stages in the design process using a qualitative coding scheme.
Fleming, E. S., & Pritchett, A. (2016, June), Creating and Validating a Model to Support Aerospace Engineering Students' Coordination of Knowledge about a Design Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26601
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