New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Electrical and Computer
In pursuit of excellence in engineering education and positioning itself for ABET accreditation, the College of Engineering (CoEng) at the University of Tabuk (UT), Tabuk located in Saudi Arabia has integrated a strong engineering practice component into its educational program curricula. This component relies on a series of courses that foster a variety of soft skills wrapped around four design project courses and two four-week practical training periods at a company or research facility. Furthermore, students at the senior level are strongly encouraged to undertake realistic projects. In this paper, we describe our experience with three groups of students from the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department who undertook projects sponsored by the Sensor Networks and Cellular System (SNCS) Research Center at the UT. The projects were complementary and multidisciplinary in nature giving the students the opportunity to get familiarized with product design, testing, integration, and deployment. The students were to design and build as well as use off-the-self components. The products of the three student teams are then integrated into an existing device, Mariner, to give it added capabilities. Mariner consists of a marine platform used for monitoring fish habitat parameters in the Red Sea. The students have made several public poster presentations throughout the year to both sharpen their communication skills and seek input. At the end, each group provided a comprehensive report, made a public presentation, and field demoed their products. Students were accountable not only for their products as subsystems of Mariner, but also for the proper operation of Mariner as a system of systems. The evaluation was made by both faculty advisors and mentors from SNCS and focused on the extent to which (1) design specifications have met, and (2) students have mastered relevant program outcomes. The result was a marketable experience that instilled in students the sense of responsibility and self-confidence. The main contributions of this paper are informed integration of engineering practice into curriculum, meaningful and practical design experience, effective evaluation and assessment of students and their work.
Atawi, I. E., & Aggoune, E. M., & Almehmadi, F. S. (2016, June), Integration of Engineering Practice into the Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25421
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