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Engineering Technology Curriculum Development using a Seven Step Backward Design Formalism

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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ETD Curriculum

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Engineering Technology

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Soumitra Basu Fitchburg State University

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Soumitra Basu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Technology at Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts.
Dr. Basu has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada, an Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State, an Master's degree in Production Engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and a Bachelor's degree from BIT Mesra, India. His areas of interest are Green Manufacturing, Industrial Automation and Manufacturing Processes and Systems. Dr. Basu is a member of SME and ASME., and is a past Director of an Engineering Technology Program.

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Program curriculum development is a critical part of ensuring that universities fulfill their mission. This process can be done in a systematic manner. The paper presents a curriculum development model that uses quantitative tools to map the needs of students and industry to the academic programs offered by universities. The model is based on the 7 step Taba model. The first two steps, “Diagnosis of Needs” and “Formulation of objectives” are discussed in this paper, along with a case study. Quality function deployment and Analytic hierarchical Process tools enable a model that is responsive to change and provides a highly defined path to identifying and evaluating program learning objectives.

Basu, S. (2017, June), Engineering Technology Curriculum Development using a Seven Step Backward Design Formalism Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28262

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