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Cooperative and Experiential Education
The Grand Valley State University (GVSU) School of Engineering has a mandatory three semester co-op program. The addition of a technical writing assignment to the second of the three co-op semesters was implemented in 2016. Students are required to write a technical project proposal to address a problem they identify at their co-op employer. Because this project is proposed during the second of the three co-op semesters, the students were asked to identify a project that they could complete during their final co-op semester or a larger project that could be completed by a team of students for their senior project.
After this writing assignment was added to the co-op sequence, it was noticed that students were proposing some projects that had a lot of merit but that they were too complex for one student to complete within a single co-op semester. To support the overall curriculum within the GVSU engineering programs, the employers were encouraged to submit these proposals for consideration as a project for the industry sponsored capstone projects that all GVSU engineering students are required to complete. These multi-disciplinary projects are completed by teams of four to six students over the course of two semesters. Having a well-defined project proposal and a student that is familiar with the company, which the employer can request be a member of the team, leads to very successful capstone projects and allows more challenging projects to be undertaken.
This paper will present the background of the technical proposal writing assignment within the co-op sequence. The results of the assignment on the generation of sponsored projects for the capstone design sequence will be presented and discussed along with some examples of the types of projects proposed and completed.
Corneal, L., & Reffeor, W. S., & Pung, C. P. (2020, June), Linking Co-op and Senior Project: Technical Proposal Requirement Embedded in Second Co-op Rotation Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34929
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