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Implementation of a Design Spine for a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum The purpose of this paper is to explain the approach taken to develop a “design spine” within our mechanical engineering curriculum. Developing a design spine started as a discussion about the ASME Vision 2030 document, which encourages programs to provide design experience throughout all four years of the curriculum. Towards this end, the mechanical engineering faculty reviewed our curriculum and identified where and how we do teach engineering design in lecture courses, laboratories, and in the capstone design courses. We recognized that many design elements are already incorporated throughout the curriculum but we needed to approach design in a more systematic manner. The very meaning of “engineering design” does not enjoy universal definition. For our purposes, we used the ABET Criterion 5 definition and original ABET 2000 requirements. After the design spine was completed by the faculty, a survey of senior students was administered to evaluate the effectiveness of the design spine. Student survey responses are analyzed and a map for developing a design spine at other universities is provided.
Lulay, K., & Dillon, H., & Doughty, T. A., & Munro, D. S., & Vijlee, S. Z. (2015, June), Implementation of a Design Spine for a Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24240
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