June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.1154.1 - 12.1154.11
PIE in the Sky: Modeling Management in the Classroom
Patricia Rummel Jinkins, D.E., P.E. Jill Clough, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Platteville
When faculty members throw conventional practice to the wind for an entirely unexpected pedagogy, it is not done lightly! Perhaps unadvisedly, but not lightly. Abandoning the comfort of usual classroom pedagogical customs is fraught with peril when student evaluation constitutes 40 – 60% of the professor’s annual assessment. However, in an effort to bring greater realism to the Engineering Management class and to make the class structure itself an instrument of instruction, the authors have taken active learning to the basics.
In Fall of 2001, the Engineering Management course went as planned and the students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville covered the expected topics (management theory, management figures, current trends in management) in the expected manner (lectures, reports, assignments, exams). Fall of 2002, all that changed.
In fall semester of 2002, the class was totally reorganized in an attempt to bring more realism to the classroom. Something was missing from the real world skill set needed for success.
An analysis of topics currently covered in class, required for accreditation, for the curriculum, and for application to life was considered. The faculty team also looked for ways to increase student interest and commitment to the learning goals of the class. There are a number of pedagogical techniques that could be applied and were examined.
The faculty decided to try a new pedagogy for the class. The class was organized into a ‘company.’ All students were considered new-hires for the company, Pioneer Industrial Engineering or PIE.
Defining the objectives of the course seemed the logical place to start to redesign the course and its presentation. Regardless of the presentation, certain course and curricular objectives were required of the course. As currently stated, the objectives were appropriately vague and left much to the imagination and discretion of the instructor to define on a semester by semester basis.
The course needed to address certain basic issues: Management functions Skills needed for today’s business climate Safety management
Jinkins, P., & Clough, J. (2007, June), Pie In The Sky: Modeling Management In The Classroom Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2752
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