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Information Graphics and Engineering Design

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Learning styles affect on students in graphic and design courses

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Engineering Design Graphics

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23.749.1 - 23.749.14



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Marjan Eggermont University of Calgary

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Associate Dean of Student Affairs Marjan Eggermont works within the Schulich School of Engineering at Calgary. Eggermont is also the interim associate dean-international, the senior instructor design and communication, for mechanical and manufacturing engineering and the editor/designer of ZQ |

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Information Graphics and Engineering DesignDocumentation for engineering design requires succinct project descriptions, often withinformation and data visualizations. In an effort to expose students to these types ofvisualizations students were asked to summarize each individual chapter of a technology-basedbook of their choice as a different type of data or information graphic. This exercise exposedstudents to a wide range of visualization types and gave them tools for future engineering projectdocument design. The periodic table of visualization website was used as a starting point for thetypes of visualizations students could explore. This site is an e-learning site focusing on visualliteracy: the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. This paperdiscusses tools used to assist students with this project, examples of student chapter summaries(figs. 1 and 2) and the importance for engineering students to be able to read documents andsummarize important information in a graphically concise and relevant manner.Figure 1: Visualization types used to summarize chapter 1 (student work)Figure 2: Result of process and structure summary of chapter 1 (student work)

Eggermont, M. (2013, June), Information Graphics and Engineering Design Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19763

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