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Capstone Design with Real-World ExperienceThe capstone design course is the most important experience engineering students get duringtheir undergraduate academic careers. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology(ABET) requires that “Students must be prepared for engineering practice through a curriculumculminating in a major design experience”. The capstone senior design sequence at FloridaInternational University consists of three courses for a total of 7 credit-hours over two semesters.Significant effort by the entire faculty is required for a successful outcome and to ensure that allstudents receive a “major design experience” and that there is consistency in expectations andoutcomes among the students and croups. One of the creative components of the program at FIUis that near the end of the first semester of the senior design course sequence a panel of facultymembers reviews each group’s project design written proposal and critiques a 20 minute oralpresentation of their proposal during about 40 minutes of questioning. The company or facultysponsor of the project also attends the oral proposal defense. The faculty panel then approves theproject, does not approve the project, or suggests an expansion or reduction in the scope. Closecoordination with the company or faculty sponsor ensures that the project meets the curriculumrequirements of the BMEBS program and that the scope of the project is realistic. An assessmenttool is completed by each panel member, which is also used to provide input for the students’grades.In the second semester of the capstone senior design sequence students complete the designproject and give a written report and oral presentation of their project to a panel made up ofmembers of the department’s industry advisor board. During the second semester students attendweekly lectures by experts on various topics critical to the success of practicing engineers,including regulatory, intellectual property, marketing, prototyping, responsible conduct ofresearch, and others. These sessions also serve to monitor student and team progress. A singlefaculty member is responsible for coordinating the senior design project course but individualfaculty members mentor individual teams. Most projects are sponsored by companies. Thefaculty mentors ensure that the students are meeting the learning outcomes for the course.Multiple assessment tools are used to evaluate the student learning. Other assessment tools, suchas a Self-&-Peer evaluation and a work effort certification are also used to assess team work.This paper will describe the assessment tools used as well as the individual topics of the course.The paper will also describe the outcomes from the course over the past 4 years.
McGoron, A. J., & Shahrestani, H., & Brown, M. E., & Byrne, J. D. (2013, June), Delivery and Assessment of the Biomedical Engineering Capstone Senior Design Experience Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19384
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