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Integration Of Design In The First Course In Fluid Mechanics: Experience And Evaluation

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Design in the Engineering Core

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7.709.1 - 7.709.13



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Josue Njock-Libii

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Session 2366

Integration of Design in the First Course in Fluid Mechanics: Experience and Evaluation.

Josué Njock Libii

Engineering Department Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805-1499 USA


For more than ten years, design has been integrated into the first course in fluid mechanics in our department. This concept is a part of an educational philosophy that distributes design experience across the curriculum before it culminates into two capstone-design courses in the senior year. This paper discusses the main reason that led to the introduction of design in this course, the process that was followed to achieve integration of design, examples of projects that were carried out by students, the benefits and disadvantages that have been identified, and the author’s assessment of the whole experience.

1. Reason for adding design into the course: Need for reform

Design was added to the first course in fluid mechanics to respond to the criticisms of engineering education that were prevalent in the literature at the end of the 1980's and the beginning of the 1990's. People who wanted reform criticized engineering education. They charged that graduates of American Engineering schools were deficient in at least four major ways: in oral and written communication; in experience and practice with working in groups; in technical literacy related to practical matters; and in design experience. A particularly vexing concern was that engineering education at the undergraduate level put too much emphasis on analysis and that this emphasis has been achieved at the expense of

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Njock-Libii, J. (2002, June), Integration Of Design In The First Course In Fluid Mechanics: Experience And Evaluation Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10532

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