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Scenario and Scoring Sheet Development for Engineering Professional Skill Assessment

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division Poster Session

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

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24.1070.1 - 24.1070.18



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Jay Patrick McCormack Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Jay McCormack is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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Steven W. Beyerlein University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Beyerlein is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho where he serves as the coordinator for an inter-disciplinary capstone design sequence that draws students from across the College of Engineering. He has been an active member of the departmental ABET committee for the last fifteen years and has participated in several NSF grants that have created assessment instruments for professional skills and pilot tested these with capstone design students.

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Ashley Ater Kranov Washington State University


Patrick D. Pedrow P.E. Washington State University

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Patrick D. Pedrow received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, Moscow, in 1975, the Master of Engineering degree in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1976, the M.S. degree in physics from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1985. From 1976 to 1981, he was with McGraw-Edison Company, where he conducted research and development on electric power circuit breakers. He is currently an Associate Professor with Washington State University in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests are in plasma-assisted materials processing, including the deposition and evaluation of thin plasma-polymerized films deposited at atmospheric pressure using weakly ionized plasma. Dr. Pedrow is a member of the American Physical Society, IEEE, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

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Edwin R. Schmeckpeper Norwich University

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Edwin Schmeckpeper, P.E., Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Norwich University. Norwich University was the first private school in the United States to offer engineering courses. In addition, Norwich University was the model used by Senator Justin Morrill for the Land-Grant colleges created by the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act. Prior to joining the faculty at Norwich University, Dr. Schmeckpeper taught at the University of Idaho, the Land-Grant College for the State of Idaho, and worked as an engineer in design offices and at construction sites.

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Scenario and Scoring Sheet Development for Engineering Professional Skill AssessmentThe Engineering Professional Skill Assessment (EPSA) was created as a direct method foreliciting and measuring ABET professional skills as described in criterion 3 student outcomes.EPSA is a performance assessment consisting of: 1) a 1-2 page scenario about aninterdisciplinary contemporary engineering problem intended to prompt discussion among agroup of 5-6 students; 2) a 45- minute discussion period where students are asked to address aseries of generic questions about the scenario; 3) an analytical rubric; and 4) a set of scenario-specific notes about what constitutes exemplary performance. This method and assessment toolcan be used at the course level for developing engineering professional skills and providingfeedback, as well as at the program level for data collection and accreditation reporting purposes.The EPSA project is currently in the third year of a four year National Science Foundationsponsored validity study.In addition to describing the current inventory of scenarios, this paper outlines best practices andprovides an assessment tool for crafting timely, relevant, and engaging scenarios. This paper alsoincludes a score sheet that can be used to provide real-time feedback to students immediatelyfollowing a group discussion. The current version of the analytic rubric used for rating audiotranscripts for program-level assessment purposes is provided as well. These practices and toolsare illustrated in conjunction with a sample scenario about modern challenges in managingelectronic waste. Finally, recommendations are given for EPSA implementation with students atall levels of the engineering curriculum. This includes comparison of the EPSA method againstother scenario-based assessment methods in literature. Feedback from numerous faculty users areintegrated in this discussion.

McCormack, J. P., & Beyerlein, S. W., & Ater Kranov, A., & Pedrow, P. D., & Schmeckpeper, E. R. (2014, June), Scenario and Scoring Sheet Development for Engineering Professional Skill Assessment Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23003

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