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Enhancement Of An Introductory Course In Dynamics And Machine Elements

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.275.1 - 5.275.20

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Andrew N. Vavreck

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Session 1566

Enhancement of an Introductory Course in Dynamics and Machine Elements

Andrew N. Vavreck, Ph.D. Penn State University, Altoona College

Abstract This paper discusses improvements which were made to an introductory dynamics and machine elements course at Penn State Altoona, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in the Fall of 1998. The improvements included implementing two team design projects, one on kinematics and the other incorporating kinetics and machine elements as well; inclusion of peer assessment of the design projects; balanced incorporation of graphical, analytical and design software-based analysis and synthesis throughout the course; involvement by an engineering technology student intern to foster team collaboration; implementation of an industrial topic thread through the course; and a pre-team-formation assessment of background and skills of students, followed by team selection based on the assessment. The outcome of the course improvements included improved student morale and interest level, and higher student evaluations.

Course Overview Mechanical Engineering Technology 206, Dynamics and Machine Elements, is a sophomore-

level course in kinematics and kinetics as applied to mechanism and machine design. It is delivered each Fall semester to Mechanical Engineering Technology (Associate Degree)

Vavreck, A. N. (2000, June), Enhancement Of An Introductory Course In Dynamics And Machine Elements Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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