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Teaching Methodology For Project Team

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.485.1 - 4.485.2

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Michael L. Marcus

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Teaching Methodology for Project Team

Michael L. Marcus Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology The Pennsylvania State University – York Campus


Students from Engineering Technology Programs should be able to work as members of Project Teams with Engineers to help find solutions to technical problems. Come and learn the methodology for problem solving by participating on a project team to derive solutions to an actual electromechanical design problem using a hematology analyzer from industry. This exercise will utilize the methods actually used by a project team from a Biomedical Instrumentation Corporation in which both engineers and technicians from various disciplines participated.

The steps involved will consist of the following:

1. Determine the nature of the problem and create specifications.

2. Brainstorming to compile a list of possible solutions.

3. Select three best possible solutions.

4. Sketch one of the solutions.

5. Suggest ways to test solutions.

This method can be used in any number of technology courses and will help the student prepare for problem solving and working in a team environment.


The following is a method of problem solving used by project teams in industry. It has been tailored for use in courses taught in Engineering and Engineering Technology. For each step comprising the method, a different person shall be responsible for taking notes that will then be distributed to other team members.

Part 1: Determine the Nature of the Problem and Create Specifications.

• An operational explanation of a sample Hematology Analyzer is provided and a particular technical problem is presented.

• The team then asks several questions in order to help them compile a list of specifications needed to meet the requirements for the given problem.

Marcus, M. L. (1999, June), Teaching Methodology For Project Team Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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