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Teaching A Web Based Graduate Course On Taguchi Methods

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Design Methods and Concepts

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Design in Engineering Education

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11.1198.1 - 11.1198.9



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S. Balachandran University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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Teaching a Web-Based Graduate Course on Taguchi Methods


The University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus is located on the western edge of the city of Platteville (population 10,000) in southwestern Wisconsin. The university traces its origins to the Platteville Normal School, which was established in 1866, and the Wisconsin School of Mines, which was established in 1907. Today, the university is a multi-purpose, coeducational institution with an on-campus enrollment of more than 5,000 students. The university offers majors and minors in 50 academic fields, and is organized into three colleges: (1) College of Business, Industry, Life Science, and Agriculture; (2) College of Liberal Arts and Education; and (3) College of Engineering, Math, and Science.

The concept of offering a degree at a distance, or an extended degree, was first initiated by University of Wisconsin System administration in the early 1970s, in an effort to extend educational opportunities to adult students throughout the state of Wisconsin. In May 1976, the University of Wisconsin System regents approved the establishment of three different extended degree programs, each to be offered at a different campus in the University of Wisconsin System. The University of Wisconsin- Platteville Extended Degree in Business Administration first enrolled students residing in Wisconsin in 1979.

In 1996, the UW-Platteville Extended Degree Program extended its reach to adults throughout the United States. In 1999, the Extended Degree Program furthered its reach worldwide and became part of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distance Learning Center. In 1999, both print-based and online courses for the Business Administration program were offered, and three 100% online Master's degree programs were developed in Criminal Justice, Project Management, and Engineering. The programs are available to students worldwide.

Master of Engineering (MOE) online program at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville is a web-based program designed to respond to a need expressed by industry: an advanced engineering degree without employee relocation. The MOE program offers advanced course work but no thesis. Currently, there are two emphasis areas offered: Applications of Engineering Management and Engineering Design. Applications of Engineering Management provides the engineering skills that are needed in managing technical projects, whereas the Engineering Design emphasis provides in-depth technical knowledge to enhance the student's ability to design engineering solutions. In addition to courses within a technical area of emphasis, the Master of Engineering program provides education for professional development in the areas of mathematics, technical communications, computer applications, and engineering management.

The MOE degree requires the completion of a total of 30 credits (10 courses):one course in mathematics (MATH 5230 - Linear Algebra, or MATH 6050 - Applied Statistics for Engineers), one course in computer applications (CEE 7830 - Optimization

Balachandran, S. (2006, June), Teaching A Web Based Graduate Course On Taguchi Methods Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--53

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