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Performance Assessment of Undergraduate Vibrations Course

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Student Learning and Assessment II

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Mechanical Engineering

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22.1152.1 - 22.1152.8



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Anca L. Sala Baker College

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Anca L. Sala, Associate Professor, is Chair of the Engineering Department at Baker College. Dr. Sala coordinates several engineering and technology programs, teaches and develops engineering curriculum, and leads the ABET accreditation activities in the department. She is an active member of ASEE, ASME, and OSA.

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Raghu Echempati Kettering University

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Raghu Echempati is a professor of Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years of teaching, research and consulting experiences in Design and Simulation of Sheet Metal Forming Processes. He has published several educational and research papers at ASEE, ASME and other International Conferences. He has delivered many invited and keynote lectures, gave workshops, and organized technical sessions at SAE and other International Conferences. He is an active reviewer of several textbooks, research proposals, conference and journal papers of repute. He is a Fellow member of ASME, and an active member of ASEE, and SAE. Dr. Echempati is a licensed Professional Engineer and Chair of the ASME.Saginaw Valley and the student sections.

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Performance Assessment of Undergraduate Vibrations Course“Vibrations” and “Dynamic Systems and Control” are two of the required upper-levelengineering courses in the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program at ourinstitution. Both courses have the “Introduction to Differential Equations” as one of thepre-requisite courses. “Vibrations” however is not required to be completed before“Dynamic Systems and Control”. This paper analyzes student performance in the twocourses in order to determine if “Vibrations” should be made a co- or pre-requisite to“Dynamic Systems and Control”. This could help students to better understand and learnthe more challenging “Dynamic Systems and Control” course. In both courses Matlab isextensively used as simulation tool. “Vibrations” also includes two or three hands onexperimental laboratories where students measure the behavior of single degree and twodegrees of freedom systems. The paper will describe the assessment tools used in eachcourse, provide a comparative analysis of student performance over the past few years,and conclude with recommendations and future plans.

Sala, A. L., & Echempati, R. (2011, June), Performance Assessment of Undergraduate Vibrations Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18866

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