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Team Project As A Valuable Teaching Technique

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Teamwork, K-12: Projects to Promote Engineering

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8.1088.1 - 8.1088.7



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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy

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Afsaneh Minaie

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Session 602

Team Projects As a Valuable Teaching Technique

Reza Sanati Mehrizy Afsaneh Minaie Associate Professor Assistant Professor

School of Computer Science and Engineering Utah Valley State College Orem, Utah 84058


Teamwork experiences are greatly appreciated by employers in almost any field. Students participating in group projects get experience beyond the subject matter of the curriculum. In developing countries, there is a high competition among students for getting into universities. Therefore, some students may not be willing to share information in that environment and do not realize the fact that they will learn more by sharing their information and discussing their problems. A cooperative teamwork environment should be created for the student to understand that the students will benefit from being exposed to each other’s perspectives and will learn from each other in addition to learning from the instructor. In this paper we want to share our experience of teamwork projects given to our students in a database design course. As a component of this course, the teams will design and implement database projects close to what is done in the real world. During the last week of the class, the teams present their projects to the class for evaluation. The practical experience of design, implementation, and presentation of a real database that the students gain makes them more marketable in this highly competitive job market. In this paper we will discuss the process of teaming, project assignment, what the students are involved with, the evaluation of these projects, and the experience and benefits that the students will gain from these teamwork environments.


Database is a major component of any manufacturing system. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) are good examples of using database in engineering and technology. Those who are involved with these processes need to understand how database plays a major role in these areas. It is well known that Software Engineering course is a typical course for student to work on team projects. This paper shows that Software Engineering course is not the only suitable course for group projects. Team project will be equally beneficial for teaching other

Proceeding of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Sanati-Mehrizy, R., & Minaie, A. (2003, June), Team Project As A Valuable Teaching Technique Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12466

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