June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
SPECIAL SESSION: Interdisciplinary Course Design Opportunities for Chemical Engineers
22.675.1 - 22.675.17
Experience with a Cross-disciplinary Intensive, Hands-on Pre-transport CourseAn intensive, elective, 7-day pre-transport course offered at The University of Oklahoma has theobjective of providing sophomore engineering students with an intuitive understanding offundamental concepts in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The intersession offering betweenthe fall and spring semesters immediately precedes the beginning of the regular transportsequence in chemical engineering. The interdisciplinary class is open to chemical engineering,mechanical engineering, and civil engineering majors and listed under a College of Engineeringdesignation. The transport of momentum, heat and mass are important to these and otherbranches of engineering endeavor and it is therefore imperative to establish a solid foundation forfuture higher learning objectives.Course content, to be described, emphasizes experiential learning through the use of videomaterial and hands-on activities developed at XXX University and the University of XXX.Implementation of the course activities proceeded with consideration of Fink’s SignificantLearning taxonomy. Effectiveness of the course is assessed through the use of a conceptinventories given to students at the beginning and end of the regular introductory transportcourse which emphasizes a traditional mathematical approach. Students’ preconceptions aregauged using a pre-test and any misconceptions are addressed with an instructional intervention.A post-test is thereafter administered to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention.Will students be motivated to learn a particular aspect (momentum, heat or mass) better becausethey know it would be useful in a subsequent discipline-specific course? A survey isadministered and designed to check whether there is a discernible trend in the type of transportfavored by students of a particular discipline. We are testing the hypothesis that civil engineeringmajors will show a marked preference for momentum transport because it is the most relevant totheir discipline but mechanical and chemical engineering majors will have no such preferencebecause they encounter all aspects of transport in their discipline.
Abdul, B., & O'Rear, E. A., & Brown, G. R., & Kranov, A. A., & Van Wie, B. J., & Golter, P. B., & Thiessen, D. B. (2011, June), Experience with a Cross-Disciplinary Intensive, Hands-On Pre-Tansport Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17956
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