June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
An increasing number of first year students are bypassing the calculus curriculum by obtaining calculus credit in high school before entering engineering schools. Yet, the performance of students in their first year engineering math courses is uneven due to many reasons. There are some common gaps that need to be addressed, even for students with the strongest math background who have successfully completed single variable calculus II in high school. In addition, engineering applications are usually lacking in pre-college calculus courses and students are not always exposed to active-learning instructional strategies in those courses. In an attempt to better equip these more advanced students with the tools they need in future engineering courses and to improve learning outcomes, a new engineering math sequence was developed and implemented with an active-learning structure. In the new sequence, students take two semesters of calculus. The sequence will include a complete course in multivariable calculus, and the content will be enhanced: (1) to address common gaps in calculus I and II skills, (2) to cover some of the selected topics more thoroughly than in a single-semester multivariable calculus course, and (3) to explore additional challenging topics and projects with specific engineering applications that are not appropriate for a class with less advanced students   . In this paper, we present the main features of the redesign, and the preliminary data and results collected. Moreover, we investigate the impact of the redesign on students' learning and provide a general discussion of possible changes and improvements . This is the first step of a three-year project that will redesign calculus sequences for engineering students of all levels at our institution.
Ma, H., & Guadagni, G., & Pisano, S. N., & Fulgham, B., & Abramenko, M., & Morris, D. D. (2017, June), Redesign of Calculus Curriculum in Engineering Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28783
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