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Materials I: Creating A Common Ground Of Basic Skills

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.286.1 - 2.286.6



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Ed Gohmann

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Session 1664

Materials I: Creating a Common Ground of Basic Skills

Ed Gohmann Purdue University Programs New Albany, Indiana

ABSTRACT: The Materials I course is the first MET course the freshman students take. A typical class is made up of students straight out of high school and students who have been out of high school for some time. All need to be put on a common ground as they have a wide variety and level of basic skills. This paper discusses what has been done over the years to address this disparity of skills.


Materials I is a first semester course taken by Mechanical Engineering Technology students. It is also required of the students pursuing a degree in Technical Graphics. And frequently it is taken by students who have bachelor’s and master’s degrees trying to upgrade their marketable skills. Thus the makeup of a typical class can range from students who have been out of high school 10-12 years, recently graduated students and those with various levels of college degrees. There are no prerequisites for this course other than acceptance into the MET or TG program. (see appendix I for entrance requirements) Frequently some students are also enrolled in remedial math and English courses to raise their proficiency in these areas.

To accommodate these varied backgrounds the course is geared to accepting the student skills as they are and by careful interaction with the student, to bring them up to university level learning skills by the end of the semester without sacrificing the technical content of the course.

Lab exercises are done to complement the lectures and to give the students first hand experience in setting up equipment, recording data and writing reports.

The content level of the course follows that of generally used text on materials technology. (appendix 3)


The objectives of the course are:

1) Give students a firm background in metals, plastics and ceramics: properties, structure, types, heat treating, testing, applications and a basis for further study.

Gohmann, E. (1997, June), Materials I: Creating A Common Ground Of Basic Skills Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6679

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