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Observations on Student Performance and Learning Outcomes in a Class Project for Materials and Manufacturing Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Materials Division Technical Session 3

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Anu Osta Rowan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Anu Osta is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Rowan University. His teaching interests are Engineering Mechanics and Materials Science.

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Jennifer Kadlowec Rowan University

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Jennifer Kadlowec is Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering in the Henry M. Rowan of College of Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. She has been an active member of ASEE since 1998. She joined as a graduate student, after working on an engineering education project and presenting that work and student chapter activities at annual conference. As a faculty member, she regularly publishes and presents at the ASEE Annual Conference. Her interests are in design education and assessment in mechanical and biomedical engineering. She previously served ASEE in leadership roles in the ERM and Mechanics Divisions and as a PIC-III Chair.

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Course related projects have long been widely regarded as critical component of engineering education. They are an important way to assess how well the students have learnt the theoretical material and how skillfully they can apply it to real life situations. At Rowan University a Material and Manufacturing course is offered every spring semester. For the Spring 2015 semester a hands-on lab component on material testing was conducted while for Spring 2016 a software simulation based project was assigned. The objective was to assess a key pedagogical parameter “achievement of ABET student outcomes”, focusing mainly on (a) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data, (b) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints and (c) an ability to communicate effectively. The paper will discuss the experimental methods (uniaxial tensile testing, cyclic tensile-relaxation testing on stainless steel ASTM dog-bone samples), evaluation techniques and results obtained in assessing students’ knowledge on the course topic, their programming and data analysis skills, their skill at learning and using engineering tools such as simulation software, and the effect such an activity has on their performance on the in-class exams. We also discuss some of the simulation analysis performed by the students to investigate the material behavior under various loading conditions and the results interpreted by them in their reports.

Osta, A., & Kadlowec, J. (2017, June), Observations on Student Performance and Learning Outcomes in a Class Project for Materials and Manufacturing Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28714

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