June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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Teaching Plant Design/Material Handling by Project-based Approach
At our institute, instructors of MFG 407 (Plant Design/Material Handling) have tried to teach this senior-level course by adopting a project-based approach. In the course, the students formed project teams and pursued their own interests in identifying real-world problems that they wanted to solve in sponsored projects. With the instructors’ facilitation, the students were self-motivated in learning. The endeavors to establish the project-based environment produced encouraging results. Students not only gained theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills but also acquired confidence to meet the challenges in their future professional development in manufacturing areas. This paper explains the experiences of MFG 407 instructors regarding how to set up a project-based learning environment in the engineering course.
Engineering education; Facilities Planning; Material Handling; Project-based learning.
Project-based learning (PBL) is any learning environment in which the problem drives the learning 1. PBL emphasizes learning activities that are interdisciplinary, student-centered, and integrated with real-world issues and practices 2. It is currently the most-favored pedagogical model for teaching design 3 and has the following significant benefits as far as learning, work habits, problem-solving capabilities, and self-esteem are concerned 2, 4-7:
• PBL is learner-centered. It motivates students to pursue their own interests and make decisions about how to solve the complex problems in an integrated problem-solving environment. • PBL increases students’ confidence in their learning capabilities. It encourages the students to dig more deeply into a topic and expand their interests. • PBL is suitable for introductory science and engineering classes. • PBL provides opportunities for students to learn other skills desired by today's employers, such as collaboration with others, commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. • PBL helps the students to possess an interest in lifelong learning.
At our institute, MFG 407 (Plant Design/Material Handling) is a senior engineering course offered to manufacturing and mechanical engineering students. The instructors of MFG 407 have tried to teach this course by adopting a project-based approach. Basically, the process to build a
Sun, W., & Anderson, J. (2006, June), Teaching Plant Design/Material Handling By Project Based Approach Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--162
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