June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
In our increasingly globalized world and project based, interdisciplinary industrial teams, there is a need for co-current teaching and learning of professional, e.g., teamwork, global competence (awareness), etc. and design skills. This paper describes, assesses, and analyzes a non-traditional, interdisciplinary, immersive approach to teaching intercultural, interdisciplinary, teamwork, and design skills through application. The Advanced Design Project (ADP) course is a two-week, intensive senior level design course. In 2016, the ADP course included mechanical engineers and chemists from a technical German university and chemical engineers from a German university of applied science (Fachhochschule in German) and an American university. The task of the course was the design of a low density polyethylene plant in collaboration with an industrial partner and their plant data. An assessment was developed to look at their awareness of intercultural and interdisciplinary problem solving, motivation, and knowledge needed for this type of course and team and design skills through self-assessment and reflection questions, which were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively with a rubric. Preliminary results of this case study show, overall, students recognize that their success in the course is dependent on having and applying knowledge and skills beyond content knowledge and the course is important. They do not see differences in problem solving approaches between cultures but do between disciplines. A discrepancy was seen between how students’ self-assessed their knowledge in team and design skills and their quantitative rubric scores. They assessed themselves as having higher competences in both areas compared to the standard developed. Through the qualitative analysis of the reflection questions, existing, basic knowledge, communication, and teamwork were described as important to the design process and communication including conflict resolution and splitting the workload to teamwork skills.
Pinkelman, R. J., & Dixon, D. J., & Hampe, M. J. (2017, June), Nontraditional, interdisciplinary immersive approach to Chemical Engineering design: A case study assessment and analysis Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28710
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