Washington, District of Columbia
June 23, 1996
June 23, 1996
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I Session 1239 .— - ...... Evaluating Students’ Performance in a New Course Sequence with Economic -.. . and Design Principles in the Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum
W. R. Callen, S. M. Jeter, A. Koblasz, G. J. Thuesen/H. R. Parsaei, H. R. Leep, T. A. Weigel/J. T. Luxhoj/C. S. Park/W. G. Sullivan Georgia Institute of Technology/University of Louisville/Rutgers University/ Auburn University/Virginia Polytechnic
This paper presents some of the results obtained from a four-year project conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. For this project, four engineering science courses were modified to include economic and design principles. The primary objective of this experiment was to investigate on how the integration of economic principles with design can effectively be used to teach engineering science courses in the undergraduate engineering curriculum.
In 1991. the National Science Foundation funded a multiyear project involving five universities. The project, entitled “The Integration of Economics with Design in the Engineering Science Component of the Undergraduate Curriculum” primarily focused on how the integration of economic principles with design can effectively be used to teach engineering science courses in the undergraduate engineering curriculum. The project also investigated how a stronger design orientation can improve understanding of the economic and technical tradeoffs required in developing processes to transform resources into products
Four courses were initially proposed and subsequently developed during the first two years of the project. These courses included Introduction to Engineering Mechanics, Elements of Thermal Energy Sciences & Systems, Introduction to Electronics & Electromechanical Systems, and Engineering Economy. These courses were primarily developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and two of them were beta tested at the University of Louisville in the academic year of 1994-1995 [1-5].
Review of results obtained from Georgia Institute of Technology’s experiments
A total of 274 students at the Georgia Institute of Technology took part in the experiment. Table 1 illustrates the distribution of the participating students.
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Sullivan, W. G., & Callen, W. R., & Weigel, T. A., & Jeter, S. M., & Luxhoj, J. T., & Leep, H. R., & Parsaei, H. R., & Thuesen, G. J., & Park, C. S., & Koblasz, A. (1996, June), Evaluating Students' Performance In A New Course Sequence With Economic And Design Principles In The Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. https://peer.asee.org/6041
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