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Development and Assessment of a Polymer Processing Learning Module

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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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Mechanical Engineering

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Michele Miller Campbell University

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Dr. Michele Miller is a Professor and Associate Dean at Campbell University. Prior to joining Campbell in 2017, she was a professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Duke and NC State, respectively. Her research interests include engineering education and precision manufacturing.

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A polymer processes module has been introduced into a manufacturing course for mechanical engineers. The module takes place over two 2-hour class periods and includes an injection molding lab, question formulation technique activity, jigsaw activity, and business proposal mini-project. In addition to polymer process knowledge, the module targets learning objectives such as curiosity, customer focus, economic decision making, and motivation for continued learning. In Fall 2020, the learning objectives were assessed using a variety of methods including an ABET outcome assessment instrument, assignment grading rubrics, quizzes, and surveys. The assessment results show a promising level of learning on the new objectives and a disappointing level of learning of polymer processes. Student evaluations of the four components of the module will be used to target improvement efforts.

Miller, M. (2021, July), Development and Assessment of a Polymer Processing Learning Module Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36948

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