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Creation of a New Advising Metric to Develop Viable Individual Senior Projects

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Capstone and Collaborative Projects

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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26.420.1 - 26.420.13



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Charles Pringle Central Washington University

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Charles Pringle is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Central Washington University. Charles teaches upper division courses including the senior capstone course.

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Craig Johnson P.E. Central Washington University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Johnson is the coordinator of the MET Program at Central Washington University. He is also the Foundry Educational Foundation Key Professor and coordinates the Cast Metals Program. This will be is second year as the Chair of the Pacific Northwest Section.

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Creation of a New Advising Metric to Develop Viable Individual Senior Projects Determining whether an individual senior project is a “good” project can be a difficult task. Toaid the professor in associated advising, but more importantly, the student; a rubric wasdeveloped that helps indicate whether a student has an acceptable senior project.The scope of this effort includes the creation of an assessment tool that measures critical aspectsof a good senior project. This includes quantifying the following ‘engineering merit’ aspects:problem statement, function statement, requirements, analyses, performance predictions, andevaluation.Students refer to their proposals when using the metric. Professors review and advise in a timelymanner. Students can determine if they have an “acceptable” senior project, but the professoradvises final acceptance.The students and professors applied the rubric to projects in an MET senior capstone course. Theresults showed deficiencies in some projects. This forced changes in the parameters of theproject to make it an acceptable project. Assessment of the pedagogical impact of this metric wasdetermined via surveys and comparisons of relevant course data over a number of years.

Pringle, C., & Johnson, C. (2015, June), Creation of a New Advising Metric to Develop Viable Individual Senior Projects Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23759

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