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Integration of Design Experience in a First-Year Engineering Course

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

1st and 2nd Year Instruction in Design

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

18

DOI

10.18260/p.25420

Permanent URL

https://strategy.asee.org/25420

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570

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Quamrul H. Mazumder University of Michigan - Flint

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Dr. Quamrul Mazumder is currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at University of Michigan-Flint. His areas of research include computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flow, quality in higher education, metacognition, motivation, and engagement of students. He is a Fulbright scholar travelled around the world to promote quality and globalization of higher education.

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Abstract

This research paper describes the integration of design experience in a first-year engineering course at University of_________. To develop knowledge and skills within first-year engineering students, the integration of design curriculum in introductory engineering courses is important. A study was conducted among the first-year students who worked in teams with senior students on engineering capstone projects. The primary objective was to provide a comprehensive experience in product design and development processes such as teamwork, design, analysis, manufacturing, etc. Another objective was to develop a peer-mentor relationship between these students to improve their understanding of the curriculum, profession and successful attributes of an engineer. A survey was developed to assess the effectiveness of the integration of design experience into first-year engineering curriculum. The control group consisted of 44 high school students who are dual-enrolled in university courses and did not experience the design process exposure. The experimental group consisted of 50 university students who were exposed to the design experience. Both groups of students were enrolled in the same introductory engineering course taught by the same instructor.

Statistical analysis of data showed a significant difference in knowledge and experience among the first-year students with design experience compared to the control group. Individual student feedback also demonstrated the development of peer and mentor relationships as a result of teamwork throughout the semester. The learning experience in this course is expected to motivate the first-year students towards engineering and prepare them for future engineering design projects.

Mazumder, Q. H. (2016, June), Integration of Design Experience in a First-Year Engineering Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25420

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