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Implementation of a Project-Based Learning Approach, Case Study of "Measurement and Evaluation Techniques in Industrial Engineering" Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Industrial Engineering

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Behin Elahi Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Dr. Behin Elahi is an Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering/Industrial Engineering Technology at Purdue University Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana). Previously, she was fixed-term instructor at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) teaching courses such a manufacturing plan and control, supply chain modeling and management. She got her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH) in 2016. She has also a Master degree in industrial Engineering and was a consultant/ project manager of the Business Waste Reduction Assistance Program (BWRAP), a partnership between EPA, University of Toledo and Lucas County in Ohio from 2012-2016. She is a professional and an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Institute for Industrial and System Engineering.

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This paper focuses on the advantages of course-based research projects experience in an industrial engineering graduate course. Along with teaching the course materials, students were involved in a research project to determine significant factors in a cold drawn process on the ultimate tensile strength of L-605 wire. They applied the design of experiment (DOE) technique to identify critical factors and found the best setting for factor levels which results in higher yield. The key findings from the study and the associated survey demonstrated that the project-based learning approach improves the students’ attitudes towards engineering, results in higher-order cognitive learning, boosts their self-efficacy, enhances learning through high retention of the learning material and the subject matter, and strengthens team working and communication skills. The results also indicated that the project encouraged group interdependence, active learning, and higher level thinking skills. Students viewed the project as a valuable and interesting experience.

Elahi, B. (2019, June), Implementation of a Project-Based Learning Approach, Case Study of "Measurement and Evaluation Techniques in Industrial Engineering" Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--31910

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