June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
There is currently a trend in engineering education away from a theory-based approach towards a blend of theory combined with the application of that theory to engineering practice. Current ABET criteria for engineering programs focus on the ability of students to recognize engineering problems in a real system and to correctly apply engineering principles to those problems. The authors describe a junior-level course in machine design that combines a classic, theoretical treatment of the design of machine elements with a semester-long lab in which students design and analyze a ski lift to be used at a local ski resort. This is a required course for all Engineering majors in the Mechanical Engineering Concentration. The sequence of presentation of theoretical content in the course is tightly coordinated with the requirements of the ski lift project, so that students are presented with theory on an “as-needed” basis. Preliminary evaluation of student perception of learning based on Student Assessment of Instruction (SAI) data demonstrates that students feel that learning of theoretical content is improved when it is motivated by the need to solve a problem for their ski lift design.
Pierce, R. S., & Stone, W. L., & Kaul, S. (2017, June), Integration of Engineering Theory and Practice in a Junior-Level Machine Design Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28567
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