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Student-Initiated Design and Implementation of Supplemental Hands-on Fabrication Training Curriculum in an Introduction to Engineering Design Course: A TQM Approach Abstract Designing and building a prototype has always been an integral part of an interdisciplinary course, the Introduction to Engineering Design (InterEngr 160) class in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the past, there has been no shop training provided to the students to teach them safe and effective fabrication skills even though the projects require a wide range of fabrication techniques. Around 320 students are enrolled in the fall semester, 2007. These students are distributed into different lab sections. Each of the labs consists of 30 students divided up into two different design teams of 15 students respectively. Each lab is run by an instructor with the help of two undergraduate student assistants (SAs). During the spring and fall semesters of 2007, a hands-on fabrication shop and specialized training program was developed and implemented by the undergraduate teaching staff. They applied the Total Quality Management (TQM) approach from business to engineering education to design the Supplemental Training/Curriculum. The content of the training was planned by undergraduate students who identified skills and knowledge that they felt would have been helpful to them when they had taken the class as freshmen. This supplemental curriculum has been highly praised by students and faculty alike and will be incorporated into the official curriculum of the class in future semesters. This paper will go into more depth about how the program was conceived, designed, planned and implemented by undergraduates in an already existing intro to engineering design course and their outcome with respect to student learning of practical engineering skills.
Introduction/Background The “Introduction to Engineering Design” (InterEgr 160) course is offered by the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin -Madison to their prospective freshmen engineering students. The course was designed to provide the students with first hand experience with working in teams on a design project for real-world clients, which typically consist of community-service organizations. The objective of the course is to introduce the students to the process involved in an engineering design and to provide them with information and experience necessary to make informed decisions about whether engineering is the correct field for them. The course focuses more on the engineering design process than the final product. Thus, the course goals could be summarized as follows:
Upon completion of this course, students should have:  1. An elementary knowledge of the disciplines in engineering, especially the undergraduate programs and extracurricular opportunities available at the our university; 2. A basic understanding of/and experience in the steps and techniques of engineering design; 3. Awareness of some ethical, social, political, and economic influences on and impacts of engineering design; 4. Emerging skills in written and/or oral communication related to engineering design; 5. Introductory skills in teamwork with peers; 6. Preliminary development of habits of mind that engineering study and practice require.
Bernardoni, S., & Nimunkar, A., & Murphy, J., & Courter, S. (2008, June), Student Initiated Design And Implementation Of Supplemental Hands On Fabrication Training Curriculum In An Introduction To Engineering Design Course: A Tqm Approach Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4380
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