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Optimizing Students' Learning Experiences in Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Division for Experimentation & Lab-oriented Studies Technical Session 1

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Emine Celik Foust York College of Pennsylvania

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Emine Celik Foust is currently an Associate Professor at York College of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University. She received her Master of Science and Ph.D degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Emine Celik Foust's research interests include design and development of engineering systems using analytical and experimental approaches (advanced global imaging techniques). Areas of applications include flow-induced vibrations, flow around bluff bodies, airfoils, perforated plates, cavity configurations, and biomedical devices.

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In the recent years, there has been a growing interest in developing simulated and remote laboratories. Traditionally, instrumentation and measurement class consists of hands-on labs. In an effort to optimize student’s experience, this study explores the best practices used and illustrates the examples of class activities implemented at the current institution. The Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory class was introduced in 2008 as a required class in Mechanical Engineering program. In 2008, with the enrollment rate of 23 students, class content was mostly conveyed through hands-on laboratory experiments. Currently there are 40 students enrolled in fall 2017 offering of the class. Over the years, class has been modified through lessons learned. One of the student outcomes of ABET is an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. Regardless of the current challenges such as higher enrollment rate, it is important that this class not only facilitates in achieving the ABET outcome but also provides a productive learning environment to the students. The primary objective of this class is to introduce students to measurement and data analysis techniques. This is accomplished through hands-on experiments and virtual Matlab/Simulink and LabVIEW simulations. The class is a junior level class. The number of credits dedicated to the class is one credit. The literature review illustrates that at many institutions the instrumentation and measurements class is being offered. Although the course content is similar, there are significant differences in the number of credits assigned, course prerequisites, and the teaching practices used. For example, some schools have both lecture and laboratory component while others have only laboratory time assigned to the class during the semester. This paper summarizes the common practices used at various schools and explains the details of the class that is being offered at the current institution. Finally, the outcomes of student surveys, grade distributions and the recommendations for future offerings of this class are included.

Foust, E. C. (2018, June), Optimizing Students' Learning Experiences in Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30850

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