June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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Project-Based Curriculum for Renewable Energy Engineering Technology Undergraduate ProgramAbstract: This paper presents a novel approach of instruction for the Renewable EnergyEngineering Technology program, emphasizing design and implementation techniques thatcomplement traditional teaching methods. Course and laboratory development are discussed,and project selection and management is emphasized. This preliminary research was done topredict the effectiveness of project-based instruction for programs related to powergeneration, in general, and to renewable energy, in particular.Two different courses were examined and their course learning outcomes compared to theexpected, statistically predicted outcome. Both courses were structured as lecture-lab-project,where the laboratory experiments were sufficient in number and complexity to consolidatethe topics addressed during lectures, while the projects selected were intended to coversufficient number of topics addressed through the first half of the course, as the topicscovered in the second half of each course could have not be feasibly implemented, due tofinancial and time constraints. Throughout this work, extensive literature review on the topicof technical curriculum development was employed.This research shows that project oriented courses, when well timed with lecture andlaboratory sessions, constitute an advanced teaching method as compared to traditionallecture-lab schemes. This approach has demonstrated its added value to courses in theRenewable Energy Engineering Technology program, where implementation of design isgenerally the trademark of Engineering Technology programs. Consequently, project reportsand technical presentations, associated with each individual project, underline the set of skillscharacteristic to graduates of Engineering Technology programs. This research demonstratesthe clear advantage of lecture-lab-project structured courses of Renewable EnergyEngineering Technology as opposed to the more traditional method lecture-lab coursestructure.
Misoc, F., & Ball, T. D., & Asgill, A. B., & OKHIO, C. B. (2013, June), Project-Based Curriculum for Renewable Energy Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22379
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