June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
IUPUI Mechanical Engineering Technology Senior Assessment
This paper discusses the statistical analysis of several years of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) senior assessment examination data providing insight and support for future MET program process improvements. The examination is designed to cover all subject areas of the MET program and is used to pinpoint the course and subject material that needs improvement. Previous reports on the subject had identified MET 111 (Applied Statics), MET 213 (Dynamics), and MET 348 (Engineering Materials) as courses in need of potential improvement. This paper will discuss the statistical tools used in the analysis and determine if these areas are still the key focus for improvement or if the focus should be shifted to other courses. In an ever developing industry, the engineering job market needs not only qualified graduates, but graduates who are capable of fully implementing not only what they learned from their courses, but also apply their own individual style and creativity. In order to meet these industry needs, assessments of engineering education have become an essential tool. One such assessment is the Senior Assessment Exam implemented by the department of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). However, one mere assessment does not simply cover the issue, as continuous assessment and improvement are key fundamentals of the engineering disciplines. The Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) is an organization that ensures universities and institutions like IUPUI meet certain accreditation requirements, including the need for continuous improvement. The MET department at IUPUI has been accredited by ABET for three periods spanning from 2000 to 2018 combined. The MET department can meet ABET criteria for accreditation through the creation of a process map. The process map is a compilation of student materials, employer surveys, and course evaluations used to help with the continuous improvement of the program. The Senior Assessment Exam is an important tool in the process improvement methodology. Rennels, 2003, analyzed the senior assessment examination results for three semesters, and this paper will bring his work up to date. Correlations between exam performance and students’ GPA, as well as exam performance and program duration were observed during this study. His conclusions suggest validating the exam results to subject areas and individual question.
Yearling, P., & Anderson, T., & Durkin, R. J. (2017, June), IUPUI Mechanical Engineering Technology Senior Assessment Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28596
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