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Freshmen Senior Collaboration In A Capstone Design Course

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Conference

2002 Annual Conference

Location

Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Capstone Mechanical Engineering Design

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

7.580.1 - 7.580.9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--11073

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https://peer.asee.org/11073

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William Janna

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FRESHMAN-SENIOR COLLABORATION IN A CAPSTONE DESIGN COURSE

William S. Janna, John I. Hochstein, Michael Racer, Anna Phillips, Hsiang H. Lin

Herff College of Engineering The University of Memphis Memphis TN 38152

ABSTRACT An innovative capstone design course titled “Design of Fluid Thermal Systems,” involves groups of seniors working on various semester-long design projects. Groups are composed of 3, 4 or 5 members that bid competitively on various projects. Once projects are awarded, freshmen enrolled in the “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering” courses are assigned to work with the senior design teams. The senior teams function like small consulting companies that employ co- operative education students; e.g., the freshmen.

One of the objectives of building this collaboration is a desire to increase the retention rate of the freshmen by involving them with the seniors in what appears to be some interesting design work. Additionally, the seniors benefit by developing the ability to communicate their ideas to a non- technical audience as their design work progresses.

At the conclusion of the semester, an assessment was made of this program to determine its effects as perceived by the senior students with the following findings: • Overall, the seniors perceived the freshman-senior interaction as a rewarding experience • The seniors perceived their freshmen partners as able to make useful contributions. • The seniors gained an appreciation of management theory through coordinating their freshmen partners. • The seniors did not perceive they were able to positively influence the freshmen regarding retention in engineering. • The seniors recommended that the program be continued in the future.

Results of several specific design projects are highlighted, and the freshman-senior interaction is described.

BACKGROUND “Design of Fluid Thermal Systems” is a senior-level, capstone design course at the University of Memphis. Students in this course are divided into groups of 3, 4 or 5 members who work together as a team on a design project. Selected projects are presented to the design teams who

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Janna, W. (2002, June), Freshmen Senior Collaboration In A Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11073

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