June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Design in Engineering Education
15.447.1 - 15.447.16
Effects of Student-Customer Interaction in a Cornerstone Design Project
Abstract Similar to other first-year cornerstone engineering design courses, at a large land-grant university features a large enrollment of students (1000+) that represent a wide variety of engineering disciplines. The instructors are faced each year with the challenge of providing a meaningful, appropriate and valuable project experience that supports learning and fosters interest about engineering design for their diverse audience.
In response to this challenge, the course instructors initiated a service-learning design project as a means of achieving broad engineering design learning objectives, such as identifying customer requirements, framing an open-ended design problem, and following a systematic approach to
eXperiences In Engineering), this project provides students the opportunity to work with real -profit organizations. Through their
solution by following the design methodology taught in class.
To investigate the potential benefits of the student/customer interaction found in ROXIE, the authors compare it with an alternative design project program. Students working on projects in -centered Engineering Learning Projects) are tasked with designing an assistive technology device. While similar to ROXIE in that its projects are centered in community service, HELP projects are speculative in nature and thus do not provide stude
In this paper, the authors perform a comparative analysis of the ROXIE and HELP projects using data from student survey responses as a means of identifying the effects of including a student/customer interaction component in a cornerstone design experience. Excerpts from student interviews and reflection essays are provided as a means of placing survey responses in context.
1.1 The Cornerstone Design Project First-year engineering courses with design project elements are an emerging trend . A 1999 study identified 43 ABET accredited universities and colleges that featured a first-year design experience for mechanical, civil and electrical engineering majors . A description of several courses (and their associated projects) that expose first-year students to design experiences is provided in .
The creation of a first-year design project is an important task. Dally and Zhang suggest that first-year engineering courses without design experiences are unsatisfactory because theoretical content is not sufficiently linked to application . First-year design projects provide students
Williams, C., & Crede, E., & Terpenny, J., & Goff, R. (2010, June), Effects Of Student Customer Interaction In A Cornerstone Design Project Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16934
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