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How Engineering Students Draw Conclusions from Lab Reports and Design Project Reports in Junior-level Engineering Courses

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Manufacturing Division Technical Session 1

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Dave Kim Washington State University, Vancouver

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Dr. Dave (Dae-Wook) Kim is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver. He has 20 years of experience in engineering materials and manufacturing. His research area includes materials processing, structural integrity improvement, and hybrid composite manufacturing. He has been very active in pedagogical research and undergraduate research projects, and his research interests in engineering education include writing pedagogy and engineering lab instruction.

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Jong-Hoon Kim Washington State University Orcid 16x16

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This case study investigates how engineering juniors draw engineering judgment and conclusions. The scope of the study is student work from two courses: a materials laboratory course and a circuit course offered in the Fall of 2018. The terms, engineering judgement and sound conclusion, are defined using open sources in the context of this study. The materials laboratory course had extensive experimental components, which required students to design and conduct experiments on tensile testing, hardness testing, microstructure testing, etc. Individual lab reports are required for all students. The circuit course had a term project, which require student teams to write a final project report. Throughout the term project, student teams designed and simulated circuits and constructed them on a breadboard to test their functions. Students’ lab reports and project reports in these two courses are analyzed to investigate how students make engineering judgement based on their design, development, analysis, interpretation, and/or decisions. This case study also presents the engineering undergraduate students’ process of drawing conclusion from the engineering experimental practices.

Kim, D., & Kim, J. (2019, June), How Engineering Students Draw Conclusions from Lab Reports and Design Project Reports in Junior-level Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32895

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