June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
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Experiential Learning Opportunities Incorporated Into an Undergraduate IE Curriculum
Sandra Furterer, Ph.D., Jessica Jenness, Jessica Steinberg Lesia Crumpton-Young, Ph.D., Kent Williams, Ph.D, Luis Rabelo, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida 4000 Central Florida Blvd. P.O. Box 162993 Orlando, FL 32816-2993 firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems with its Industrial Advisory board has embarked upon a multi-year effort to reengineer the undergraduate Industrial Engineering program. With the onset of more service industries and Information Technology firms, Industrial Engineering programs need to revise their curriculum to educate and prepare students to meet the expected workforce demands resulting from the shift of traditional manufacturing industries to non-traditional industrial sectors, and to incorporate additional emerging topics in the field. A critical part of this research project was to obtain the voice of the customers, industry and academia, that employ and receive our graduates once they successfully complete our undergraduate IE curriculum. The customers, through a series of surveys applied within a multi-round Delphi study, defined the desired characteristics that the graduates should have when they graduate, as well as emerging topics that should be incorporated into the curriculum. Important desired characteristics included adaptable problem solving skills, creative and critical thinking, teamwork skills, decision making skills, project management and leadership awareness. One important way to help our undergraduates attain these desired characteristics is through incorporating experiential learning opportunities into the curriculum. This paper describes our approach for incorporating experiential learning opportunities into the undergrad IE curriculum. It discusses the courses, timing of the experiences, and the components of the experiences that provide application of the course materials in project-based problem solving that enhance the students’ critical thinking and adaptive problem solving skills.
The Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) department in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida has incorporated several experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. The goal of incorporating experiential learning opportunities is to provide real-world experience, projects, cases and applications to IEMS students prior to their obtaining their degrees. This will help to smooth the students’ transition to career positions after graduation.
Opportunities currently in place include senior design projects, Six Sigma projects, internships,
Furterer, S., & Jenness, J., & Steinberg, J., & Crumpton-Young, L., & Williams, K., & Rabelo, L. (2006, June), Experiential Learning For Industrial Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1451
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