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Multi Mode Learning And Fluid Mechanics To Fluid Power: An Undergraduate Curriculum Reform

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Curriculum Development in Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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13.912.1 - 13.912.13



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Alamgir Choudhury Western Michigan University

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Pavel Ikonomov Western Michigan University

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Jorge Rodriguez Western Michigan University

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Sam Ramrattan Western Michigan University

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Multi-mode learning and fluid mechanics to fluid power: an undergraduate curriculum reform

Abstract: Learning theoretical foundations without hand-on practices, lack of exposure to current technology and problem-solving tools affect both theoretical learning and job preparedness skill of engineering technology program graduates. This paper studies industry need for graduate knowledge and skill in fluid mechanics area and presents an ongoing curriculum reform process to transform an existing fluid mechanics course to a fluid power course. A multi-mode student learning process is developed and course is reformed to support an interactive pedagogical methodology. Beyond current teaching methods, tools are developed to foster a flexible inductive learning through hands-on applications. A multipurpose laboratory equipped with fluid power process, sensors, data acquisition system, and application programs is being developed. A series of laboratory practices based on use of fluid mechanics principles in industrial applications would provide students a strong theoretical foundation on the subject covered in the class, and create opportunity to practice current industrial methods prior to graduation. Beyond theoretical learning, these practices with industrial processes, sensors, data acquisition hardware, and application programs in the laboratory will enhance technical skills of program graduates. Finally, the project evaluation, assessment, and dissemination process for monitoring and evaluating project activities, outcomes assessment of student learning and feedback for continuous curriculum improvement is presented.

Introduction In the State of Michigan the manufacturing is the most critical component of the economy and has been contracting due to competition from other parts of the world for more efficient and cost effective products and services. The workplace of engineering and engineering technology program graduates is changing due to increasing global competition, changing demographics and technology, integration of engineering and

Choudhury, A., & Ikonomov, P., & Rodriguez, J., & Ramrattan, S. (2008, June), Multi Mode Learning And Fluid Mechanics To Fluid Power: An Undergraduate Curriculum Reform Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4424

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