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Incorporating Training In Research & Research Methods into the Undergraduate Curriculum in Engineering and Engineering Technology-(E&ET).This paper analyzes student learning outcomes for Engineering and Engineering Technologyprograms where the undergraduate curriculum has been tailored to include training in researchand research methods inside campuses and allied industries and government laboratories, and itfits into 2015: ASEE-DELOS, DEED and CEED categories.Training in Undergraduate research has proven to be an essential component of engineeringand engineering technology education and therefore affirmatively belongs in the undergraduatecurriculum. It has a positive impact on individual research programs, the university's researchenterprise and it is a critical factor for E&ET students in making a successful transition fromcollege to career. It also contributes to the intellectual life of individual departments and thecampus as a whole, while it raises the level of research activity, and helps recruit strongerundergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.The research, on which the present work is based, shows that research projects allow students toexplore, discover and innovate in a limited period of time and space. The literature reveals thatundergraduate research helps to integrate students with the faculty and industry, and so results inpublications which appear in peer-reviewed journals. Thus the student is able to create portfoliosthat highlight their learning and skills development in the professions. Through this training, keyquestions are explored and answered such as: How do we best incorporate research into theundergraduate curriculum? Does it make a difference? Who is it for? How do we know? What isthe evidence for the last 10 years? And why make the transition to project-based curriculum?Through data collection, analysis, and to no small measure, it is shown that undergraduateresearch apprenticeship allows students to take a project from the beginning, all the way tocompletion. These, along with presentation/communication skills’ development, are veryimportant in helping students to identify whether they want to continue their academicexperience at the graduate level or return to work for the industry or National Laboratories thathave helped to shape their education and training. Additionally, the undergraduate research inthe curriculum provides students with a clearer understanding of career options in the E&ETfields, while producing more informed, committed and better prepared graduate students withgreater potential for success in graduate programs. It gives students a deeper and more matureunderstanding and appreciation of E&ET in general, contributing to students’ personal andprofessional growth. Engineering and Engineering Technology programs with strongundergraduate research strategies produce better prepared and more qualified scientists andengineers for the coming generation.
Okhio, C. B., & Misoc, F., & Asgill, A. B. (2015, June), Incorporating Training in Research and Research Methods into the Undergraduate Curriculum in Engineering and Engineering Technology (E&ET) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24282
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