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Employing Engineering Design Tools for Designing/Redesigning of Courses

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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The Best of Design in Engineering

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Design in Engineering Education

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22.559.1 - 22.559.11



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Zeshan Hyder Virginia Tech & UET Lahore Orcid 16x16

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Zeshan Hyder
is a Ph.D. student in Mining & Minerals Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Virginia. He has completed his Masters Degree from University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan and is currently working in Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research (VCCER) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael Karmis for research in Underground Coal Gasification.

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Zulfiqar Ali Virginia Polytechnic State University

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Department of Mining & Mineral Engineering

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Janis P. Terpenny Virginia Tech

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Janis Terpenny is a Professor at Virginia Tech with a joint appointment in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Education and is a faculty affiliate of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is currently on assignment as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Terpenny’s research is focused on engineering design and design education. She has been the principal or co-principal investigator on over $7 million of research funded by NSF and industry, and has published several book chapters, and over 130 peer reviewed publications. She is a Fellow in IIE, a member of ASME, and ASEE.

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Richard M. Goff Virginia Tech

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Richard M. Goff is an Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head of the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is the Director of the multi-University NSF I/UCRC Center for e-Design, the Director of the Frith Freshman Design Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Engineering First-Year Program. His research areas are design and design education. Dr. Goff has won numerous University teaching awards for his innovative and interactive teaching. He is passionately committed to bringing research and industry projects into the class room as well as spreading fun and creating engagement in all levels of Engineering Education.

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Employing Engineering Design Tools for Designing/Redesigning of CoursesThe design tools, common in engineering design applications, can be very helpful for designingand/or redesigning new or old courses. The design and planning tools like SWOT (Strengths,Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, House of Quality, Gantt Chart and DecisionMatrices have been very helpful in engineering design processes. The idea of this work is toimplement these tools to facilitate course design procedures.Gantt chart helps in scheduling and defining dependency relationships between differentactivities. It helps keep track of allotted and used time for certain tasks and can show currentschedule status using percent complete shadings. Decision Matrix is a decision-support toolallowing decision makers to solve their problem by evaluating, rating, and comparing differentalternatives. SWOT analysis is helpful in stipulating the strengths and opportunities a course canpossess while keeping an eye on potential student learning opportunities. It can help specifyingwhat strategies can be laid down to overcome weakness and threats faced by a certain course orcourses. House of Quality can help in defining objectives and evaluating strategies in the coursedesign process to attain the defined learning objectives of the course. A case problem approach is provided to support the description and demonstration ofapplication of these tools to the course update scheme. The procedures presented in this papermay be useful for anyone, who intends to design/upgrade courses, that has not taught in recentyears or whose teaching methods have become outdated as a result of technological advances orthe development of new approaches to learning.

Hyder, Z., & Ali, Z., & Terpenny, J. P., & Goff, R. M. (2011, June), Employing Engineering Design Tools for Designing/Redesigning of Courses Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17840

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