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Evaluating the Problem-Solving Studio Approach for Teaching Facilities Layout Planning & Design

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Dimantha Kottawa Gamage Montana State University - Bozeman

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Dimantha S. Kottawa Gamage is an Industrial Engineering PhD student at Montana State University. He received his bachelors degree in Management and Information Technology from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has served in the industry for 5 years as a lean practitioner and a change agent.

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Durward Sobek Montana State University - Bozeman

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Durward K. Sobek II currently serves as Vice Provost at Montana State University after many years as a Professor in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an A.B. degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

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The Problem-solving studio (PSS) was designed with the objective of teaching students how to solve engineering problems without relying on rote memorization while attaining learning objectives related to course topics. Subsequent studies have supported this claim. Hence, an adapted PSS approach was used to teach facilities layout planning and design in a facilities design course which is a part of the senior year curriculum of an industrial engineering program. Attainment of learning objectives was measured using two sources, case studies which were developed and executed using PSS techniques, and quizzes. For case studies, an assessment of three real-world case studies was compared to an identical assessment of a similar case study utilized in a prior year. For quizzes, an assessment of quizzes was compared to identical assessments in the two prior years. Quantitative techniques were used to analyze the outcomes of the case studies and the quizzes, while a thematic analysis was used to analyze the post-case study feedback. This study analyzes the results of the three cohorts to understand the effects of using the PSS approach for teaching this subject.

Kottawa Gamage, D., & Sobek, D. (2022, August), Evaluating the Problem-Solving Studio Approach for Teaching Facilities Layout Planning & Design Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--41693

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