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June 23, 2013
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Improving Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Design Project: Lessons LearntIn the spring of 2006, a junior year level Product and Tool Design course wasdelivered concurrently with appropriate complementing courses fromManufacturing Engineering, Media Arts and Marketing departments. This initialeffort of developing and delivering interdisciplinary course has been quitesuccessful and the course has been offered continuously for the past seven yearswith a record number of students enrolled in this course in the Spring 2012 term.The success of the course is largely attributed to the continuous improvementefforts undertaken by the faculty involved based on the lessons learnt and ananalysis of student feedback surveys. This paper outlines the hurdles, bottlenecksencountered in the initial phases of course development and the solutions foundand implemented later on to address the issues that cropped up.Firstly, the course content of engineering and marketing courses weresubstantially synchronized so that the students acquired complementing skills towork on their interdisciplinary design project. Secondly, the course teaching timeschedules were adjusted to make sure students were able to hold face-to-face jointmeetings to work together on their projects. Thirdly, the issues related to theownership of the project and the roles to be played by the students were clearlydefined and explained to the students. Lastly, the final choice of the design whichthe engineering teams would work further to manufacture a prototype wasdetermined by a panel of external marketing professionals to remove any internalteam bias and ensure that the decision making process was more objective.The quality and complexity of student projects has been increasing steadily andstudents’ satisfaction has also been increasing continuously over the past sevenyears. The paper will present results of the student surveys, ABET outcomesassessment and student performance in the course along with several examples ofinterdisciplinary student projects.
Manohar, P. A., & Jones, C. (2013, June), Improving Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Design Project: Lessons Learnt Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19728
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