June 28, 1998
June 28, 1998
July 1, 1998
3.267.1 - 3.267.14
Evaluation and Refinement of a Restructured Introduction to Engineering Design Course Using Student Surveys and MBTI Data
Daniel D. Jensen Department of Engineering Mechanics, United States Air Force Academy
Capt. Michael D. Murphy Department of Engineering Mechanics, United States Air Force Academy
Kristen L. Wood Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States Air Force Academy, and June and Gene Gillis Endowed Faculty Fellow in Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
A major restructuring of the Sophomore level “Introduction to Design Theory” course at the United States Air Force Academy has recently been completed. The most significant aspect of this restructuring is the addition of a redesign component to the course. In order to gauge the effectiveness of this restructuring, a questionnaire was developed to determine student rating of the course content lecture by lecture. Student responses are compared from before and after the restructuring. In addition, Myers/Briggs Types Indicator (MBTI) data are correlated with responses from specific lectures to determine if portions of the restructured course can be further improved. Results indicate that the course restructuring has been viewed positively by the students. Also, MBTI data indicate that, with additional effort towards providing “hands-on” experiences as well as increasing the amount of abstract content, the content can be better directed to the span of MBTI types. In addition, increased ties to student’s design projects and other relevant examples will further improve the present course.
During the Fall semester of 1997, a restructuring of the first design course at the United States Air Force Academy was accomplished. Historically, this first design course has been based on learning a design process followed by one original design project at the end of the course. Specifically, the course consisted of an introduction to the design process (following Ullman’s process only) [Ullman] and incorporated a mass vs. lean design case study [Womack] throughout the course. An original design project was then completed which typically consisted of a past or present ASME design competition.
Beginning in the Fall semester of 1997, the restructured course included an introduction to the design process using Ullman as a guide, but also incorporated a redesign/reverse engineering process using the work of Otto and Wood [Wood]. Specifically, the first half of the course taught design tools by means of redesigning a simple child’s toy, thus providing a “hand’s-on”
Murphy, M. D., & Wood, K. L., & Jensen, D. (1998, June), Evaluation And Refinement Of A Restructured Introduction To Engineering Design Course Using Student Surveys And Mbti Data Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/7108
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