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Teaching an Undergraduate Manufacturing Course using a Design-based Teaching Approach

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Manufacturing Division Technical Session 6

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Bahaa I. Kazem Ansaf Colorado State University, Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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B. Ansaf received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering /Aerospace and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Baghdad in 1992, 1996 and 1999 respectively. From 2001 to 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor and then Professor with the Mechatronics Engineering Department, Baghdad University. During 2008 he has been a Visiting Associate professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT. During 2010 he has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Michigan State University. From 2014 to 2016, he has been a Visiting Professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Missouri. Currently, he is Assistant Professor with the Engineering Department, Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is the author of two book chapters, more than 54 articles. His research interests include artificial intelligence systems and application, smart material applications and robotics motion and planning. Also, He is a member of ASME since 2014 and ASEE since 2016.

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Nebojsa I. Jaksic Colorado State University, Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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NEBOJSA I. JAKSIC earned the Dipl. Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Belgrade University (1984), the M.S. in electrical engineering (1988), the M.S. in industrial engineering (1992), and the Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Ohio State University (2000). He is currently a Professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo teaching robotics and automation courses. Dr. Jaksic has over 80 publications and holds two patents. Dr. Jaksic's interests include robotics, automation, and nanotechnology engineering education and research. He is a licensed PE in the State of Colorado, a member of ASEE, a senior member of IEEE, and a senior member of SME.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--33340

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