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Effective Assessment of Engineering Design in an Exam Environment

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Capstone Design I

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.501.1 - 25.501.10



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Walter W. Schilling Jr. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Walter Schilling is an Assistant Professor in the Software Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wis. He received his B.S.E.E. from Ohio Northern University and M.S.E.S.
and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He worked for Ford Motor Company and Visteon as an Embedded Software Engineer for several years prior to returning for doctoral work. He has spent time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and consulted for multiple embedded systems companies in the Midwest. In addition to one U.S. patent, Schilling has numerous publications in refereed international conferences and other journals. He received the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship and has received awards from the IEEE Southeastern Michigan and IEEE Toledo Sections. He is a member of IEEE,
IEEE Computer Society and ASEE. At MSOE, he coordinates courses in software quality assurance, software verification, software engineering practices, real time systems, and operating systems, as
well as teaching embedded systems software.

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Effective Assessment of Engineering Design in an Exam EnvironmentAbstractOne of the most difficult aspects of engineering is the effective teaching of engineeringdesign. While it is paramount that every engineering student be exposed to engineeringdesign, it can be difficult to assess the capabilities of individual students. Most designassessment is typically conducted at the project or team level, and many assessments ofdesign effectiveness only rely upon the capstone experience. This is purely inadequate.Instead, what is needed is an effective method that can be used to assess the design skills ofindividual students in an exam setting.This article will discuss an approach to assessing design skills in the exam environment. Itallows for the effective assessment of design skills and practices in an exam environment withoutplacing undo mental stress upon the student. The approach involves a short case study providedto the students as part of an exam review sheet, the construction of design questions based uponthe case study, the construction of detailed rubrics to assess the quality of the design, and theadministration of the exam in a controlled setting. Student achievement is discussed, as well asthe advantages and disadvantages of this approach to assessing design skills.

Schilling, W. W. (2012, June), Effective Assessment of Engineering Design in an Exam Environment Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21259

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