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Interdisciplinary Design – Forming and Evaluating TeamsThe College of Architecture and Environmental Design at xx University is the onlycollege in the nation that has departments of Architecture, Architectural Engineering andConstruction Management in the same college. The institution has a 60 year tradition ofcollaboration between the engineering, architecture and construction disciplines,particularly at the lower division level. To enhance this collaboration, the collegecommitted to providing an upper division, interdisciplinary experience for every studentin the form of a project based, team oriented five unit studio laboratory that every studentwould take. The course is now in its fifth year and requires small teams of architecture,engineering and construction students to complete the schematic level design of an actualbuilding for a real client.The course has two learning objectives which create a dynamic tension and compete foremphasis on how the course is executed:1. Create an integrated building design that includes a sound project approach (scope/budget/quality & constructability) including land-use, site development, architectural vision, space planning, and the integration/synthesis of building systems.2. Function effectively on an interdisciplinary team:The second objective directly supports ABET program criterion 3d, the ability to functionas a member of an interdisciplinary team. The first objective has been relatively easy toassess as reported in previous papers 1, 2. The rubric for the intermediate and final designsubmissions allows the product to be subdivided into clear increments such asarchitectural plan, structural system, site plan, cost estimate, etc. Each are given a scoreproviding a reliable direct measure of student performance. The second objective ismuch tougher to assess. The quality of the design product does not necessarily reflect thequality of the team. Team performance is as dependent on group dynamics, humanbehavior, leadership, cooperation, shared work effort and organization as it is on theknowledge and performance of individuals.This paper focuses on the selection and assessment of teams in this course. Variouspersonality and skills assessments are completed and used in the formations of teams. Arubric is developed to define the aspects of what constitutes a good team and severalexercises are embedded within the course to directly isolate and measure the performanceof a team. The quality of the product and the group presentation becomes a secondarymeasure of team performance.Bibliography1 Nelson, J, Nuttall, B and Estes, AC “Interdisciplinary Design – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Paper2010-1004 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Proceedings, ASEE, Louisville, June 20-23,2010.2 Nuttall, B, Nelson, J and Estes, AC “Interdisciplinary Design – The Saga Continues” ASEE AnnualConference and Exposition Proceedings, ASEE, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 26-29, 2011.
Estes, A. C., & Nuttall, B., & Nelson, J., & McDonald, M. K., & Starzyk, G. F. (2013, June), Interdisciplinary Design – Forming and Evaluating Teams Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19814
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