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Design Across the Curriculum: Reinforcing the Design Process in a Chemistry-for-Engineers Course

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Design Across the Curriculum 2

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Design in Engineering Education

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Katherine Goodman University of Colorado Denver Orcid 16x16

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Katherine Goodman is assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and curriculum lead at Inworks, an interdisciplinary innovation lab. Her research focuses on transformative experiences in engineering education. She is currently division chair of the Technological and Engineering Literacy - Philosophy of Engineering Division (TELPhE).

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Susan Garver Stirrup University of Colorado Denver

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Susan Garver Stirrup is a full time Instructor in the College of Engineering, Design, and Computing at the University of Colorado Denver. Her primary focus is developing and delivering the Chemistry For Engineers course, tailoring the chemistry content for engineering majors. Susan earned her MS in Chemistry from The University of Michigan.

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At an urban research university, the engineering college has had a long-standing first-year course covering general chemistry from an engineering perspective, taught by the College of Engineering since 2017. In the past three years, this course has been re-designed to have project-based components, highlighting the engineering uses of chemistry, such as using chemistry knowledge to evaluate material properties for an engineering application. Alongside more traditional chemistry exams, students complete a set of smaller individual projects and a semester-long team-based design challenge. In the design challenge they use the design process to develop a solution to an environmental or health issue of their choosing. While completing the individual projects, students apply their chemistry knowledge to engineering situations. The team design challenge incorporates the same engineering design process as used in the first year engineering design course, which many students take concurrently. Prior to Spring 2020, this course had a lively in-person format. In the transition to remote learning necessitated by the pandemic starting in Spring 2020, the instructor was able to convert the course more deliberately for a Fall 2020 delivery. Now the course is offered in a fully online, synchronous fashion. Here we discuss both student reaction to the course over time as the design process became more explicitly scaffolded and future plans for studying the incorporation of design across the curriculum.

Goodman, K., & Stirrup, S. G. (2021, July), Design Across the Curriculum: Reinforcing the Design Process in a Chemistry-for-Engineers Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36902

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