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Modular Curriculum Development for Mechatronics TechniciansPaper describes a modular curriculum development project created by a four year university inthe Mechatronics Engineering Technology field. In partnership with two area colleges, universityis designing thirty modules in the Mechatronics area. In response to industry demand formultifunctional engineering technicians, university has developed innovative MechatronicsEngineering Technology baccalaureate program that combines mechanical, electrical, electronic,and computer engineering technology skills. Paper gives details about three year curriculumdevelopment and project implementation. Goal of the project is to develop and integratecurriculum and instructional materials based on an interdisciplinary, project-centered,collaborative learning approach to instruction and restructure engineering technology program.Module development is based on the revision of existing courses to serve the changing needs ofeducational and industrial partners as well as other constituents. Paper describes the mapping ofthe modules to existing courses in the Associate degree plan of studies in partnership institutions,which allow students who complete the modules to receive course credits towards associate leveldegrees in the participating institutions at the same time. Modular offering will allowcertification at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in Mechatronics that meets industryworkforce needs, while it facilitates receiving an associate degree. This approach enablesseamless transfer for students between colleges and university partners. Complementary aspectof this modular development is also the incorporation of innovative interactive and onlinedelivery of lecture and laboratory materials to accommodate a flexible schedule, integration ofexperiential learning, and collaboration with industry. Results in regards to these goals as well asthe assessment and continuous improvement efforts of the project and its progress, will also beaddressed in this work.
Rosul, B., & Latif, N., & Zahraee, M. A., & Sikoski, A. (2011, June), Modular Curriculum Development for Mechatronics Technicians Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18639
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