June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Introduction to Manufacturing Processes is one of the core courses in most mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, and industrial engineering programs. The current course curriculum and teaching style mainly depend on the lecture style for the manufacturing processes that are aligned and synchronized with the laboratory work (project) to gain the required knowledge and skills. According to students’ feedback for this course as well as similar courses offered at other universities, the course is time intensive, involves no critical thinking, requires limited class participation, and is not well connected with real-world manufacturing problems. The approach implemented in this work is based on using students’ micro lectures (seminars) and design-based projects to deal with different manufacturing topics from an engineering design point of view using passive/active/constructive learning approach rather than using the traditional lecture style. Each student needs to work individually or in a group to collect information about selected manufacturing processes using online and offline resources (passive learning). Each study group shares their resources with other groups before the lecture and during the lecture through a 20-30 minutes seminar. The students need to be ready to discuss and exchange their ideas about the selected topic with other classmates (active learning). Also, a manufacturing in-class design-based project for a real engineering product or part, with a challenging set of questions, is assigned to each student to improve students' scientific/engineering knowledge and critical thinking beyond the classroom experience constructive learning). Due to the time and space limitations, in this work, only a single learning module related to the product assembly processes and tolerances analysis topic is presented. The outcomes from the application of the design-based teaching approach are reflected in the increased students’ participation in the design project activities and completion of the assigned projects successfully. Besides, the students learn how to use a computer-aided design (CAD) package to engage in advanced design studies which are valued by the industry.
Ansaf, B. I. K., & Jaksic, N. I. (2019, June), Teaching an Undergraduate Manufacturing Course using a Design-based Teaching Approach Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33340
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