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Findings of the Pilot Offering of an Application Oriented Course (ENGR101)

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2017 FYEE Conference

Location

Daytona Beach, Florida

Publication Date

August 6, 2017

Start Date

August 6, 2017

End Date

August 8, 2017

Conference Session

WIP: Engineering Education Research - Focus on Engagement

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FYEE Conference - Works in Progress Submission

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5

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https://peer.asee.org/29410

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Jaskirat Sodhi New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Ashish D Borgaonkar New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Abstract

Students’ inability to easily apply concepts of mathematics to engineering problems and applications is detrimental to their success in pursuing an engineering degree. It has a direct impact on the retention and graduation numbers in engineering colleges. In addition, high failure rate in first year mathematics courses is also hurting students’ chances to make satisfactory progress towards their degree and ultimately graduate within even six years. In order to address these serious issues, in Fall of 2016, New Jersey Institute of Technology offered ENGR 101 – an application oriented course based on Wright State University model to engineering students placed in pre-calculus courses. Although only one year worth of data has been collected thus far and there is much to be studied and analyzed on the effectiveness of the course, we can already see that this experiment has produced encouraging results and students taking this course performed better in their pre-calculus courses compared to students who did not take ENGR 101. This paper will present the results of our analysis, including performance in the math course while taking ENGR 101 simultaneously, and performance in the math course in the subsequent semester. With the lessons learned from last year, a few additions and changes will be made for Fall 2017.

Sodhi, J., & Borgaonkar, A. D. (2017, August), Findings of the Pilot Offering of an Application Oriented Course (ENGR101) Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/29410

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