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Implementing Hands On Laboratory Exercises In Undergraduate Education

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Best Practices in Industrial Technology

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Engineering Technology

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12.844.1 - 12.844.13



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Regena Scott Purdue University

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A Ph.D. student in the Industrial Technology Department at Purdue University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies at California State University Long Beach and her Master of Science at Purdue University. Prior to returning to academia, Regena spent 20-years in the aerospace industry. During that time she worked in contract administration, in training and executive development and as a senior executive administrator. Since coming to Purdue, Regena has participated in a variety of research projects and as a conference presenter both in the U.S. and internationally. Her research study topics included; supply chain management, distribution, transportation and logistics, process improvement, and product lifecycle management.

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Edie Schmidt Purdue University

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Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of inventory management, distribution, logistics, and supply chain management. She has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses and has supervised graduate student projects, in these areas at the mastes level. Dr. Schmidt has worked with many Indiana companies to develop a Logistics training course, revise warehouse layouts, revise facility layouts, and other projects in the Logistics area.

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Kathryne Newton Purdue University

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Implementing Hands-On Laboratory Exercises In Undergraduate Education


Feedback from our industry partners has made it clear that the education received by the Industrial Technology and Industrial Distribution students with hand-on experience will have an advantage when they enter the working world. Combining course lectures and materials with problem-based evaluations of case studies and hands-on activities simulating real-world logistics and manufacturing decisions provides students with an enhanced ability to foresee and respond to industry problems when they arise.

During the spring semester in 2006, our students, with the help of our industry partners in our Industrial Technology (IT) and Industrial Distribution (ID) programs began working in the Supply Chain Management Technology Laboratory (SCMT). This on-campus facility houses warehouse and logistics equipment, such as conveyers, racking systems, and an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tunnel, as well as software systems and equipment that allow students to accurately simulate the customer order process, stocking, shipping and receiving functions that are found in a manufacturing environment. This lab environment is useful in furthering the ability to offer students the opportunity to engage in hand-on, problem-based projects.

The primary objective of the lab’s hands-on learning strategy is to provide the opportunity for students to integrate their course lecture learning with interactive exercises. These exercises require students to use and develop their skills in areas such as; identifying and defining problems, improving logistics and manufacturing decision making ability, implementing current process design methodologies, and working in a team-centered environment. The equipment currently in the lab includes: inventory stocking shelves, bar-code scanning systems, and computer with software. This software helps students solve logistics problems, determine Supply Chain Management (SCM) strategies and implement Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) methodologies.

This paper will discuss the design and implementation of the exercises and activities that have been introduced in the SCMT lab. There will also be a brief overview of the process for evaluation and the future plans for additional lab equipment and learning activities.

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Many say that experience is the best teacher. Students can successfully complete a plan of study at the top of his or her class having learned, in theory, everything

Scott, R., & Schmidt, E., & Newton, K. (2007, June), Implementing Hands On Laboratory Exercises In Undergraduate Education Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2448

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