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Joining Of Materials An Upper Level Undergraduate Course In Materials And Manufacturing

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Materials and Manufacturing Processes

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10.849.1 - 10.849.12



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Mark Palmer

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Joining of Materials - An Upper Level Undergraduate Course in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering A Progress Report

Mark A. Palmer

Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Kettering University


An upper level undergraduate course: Joining of Materials, has been designed to require that students perform at the higher level of Bloom’s Taxonomy1. Students are required to synthesize the subject matter from several prerequisite core engineering courses (applied materials science, thermal sciences, chemistry, and mathematics) in order to best determine the means to join two materials. To make these engineering decisions the students also must consider non-technical issues such as economics, safety, and human resources. Effective communication is critical.

This ten-week course introduces the students to the following joining methods: welding, brazing, soldering, and adhesive bonding. After completing the course the students should be able to differentiate between the methods, and based on this knowledge decide the best method to join two materials. Because most texts focus on only one of the four methods listed above, and then tend to focus on either scientific background or technique (not both), it was necessary to develop a series of learning modules for this course. These modules include classroom presentation, web- based notes and exercises, laboratory experiences (joining, physical testing, and metalography), and assignments.

This progress report will focus on all aspects of this newly developed course including pedagogy, course content, and course structure. Results of course assessments and continuous improvement will also be presented.

Motivation and Need for Course

Before introducing the details of the course, it is felt that one needs to better understand the motivation for creating a new upper level course. In this section of the paper the motivation for changing undergraduate engineering will be reviewed. This section concludes by demonstrating that there is currently a need to change the upper level courses.

“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright . 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Palmer, M. (2005, June), Joining Of Materials An Upper Level Undergraduate Course In Materials And Manufacturing Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14261

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