June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
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Teaming Activities in a Freshman Engineering and Computer Science Course Aimed Towards Recruitment and Retention
Our university has an open enrollment policy. This means that any person with a high school diploma can enroll in engineering or computer science. As a result entering students have a range of abilities from being excellent in math and science to struggling to understand algebra concepts. The current course, developed over the past five years has seen the overall engineering retention grow from 45% to 70%. This has been accomplished through hands-on experience, establishing a sense of community, developing an understanding of how to be successful in studying, and fostering collaboration among students through cooperative teaming events. This paper describes three major teaming events within the freshman engineering and computer science course that have contributed to fostering collaboration and helped provide an enjoyable experience within the college.
Data from each event is provided which includes the students’ candid feedback, what they like and dislike, and what implementations they would like to see in the future. Students discover that working as a team takes effort and that a team’s result depends upon each member’s efforts. Overall the teaming activities have been well received.
The Freshman Engineering and Computer Science (FECS) Course at our university is designed to introduce engineering and computer science principles through hands-on experience, establish a sense of community, develop an understanding of how to be successful in studying engineering, and to foster collaboration among students through cooperative teaming. All incoming first year engineering students are required to take the FECS course. This course has one lecture section, a computer lab, and an instrumentation lab. The computer labs are designed for students to work independently and the instrumentation labs are designed for students to work in teams. A course outline is provided in Table 1.
The computer lab exercises involve e-mail and web searching, designing an airplane wing, HTML scripting, MatLab, Excel, and statistics, and how things work as the writing intensive assignment. The instrument labs cover 2-D and 3-D drawing using TurboCAD and SolidWorks, use of lab instruments, circuit measurements on resistive circuits, and building and testing a multivibrator, decade counter, and flip-flop using integrated circuits. In addition, basic soldering and basic wireless communication is taught using a temperature satellite. Apart from the labs, students also participate in three other teaming activities which are the focus of this paper. The three teaming events, three exams and two labs constitute 10% each, home work 15% and class participation 5% of the course grade.
During recruitment, students are introduced to FECS course and teaming events to show how engineering learning experience can be both fun and interesting. As a result, students, when entering FECS course, look forward to participate in the teaming events. These teaming events
Rowley, B., & Yelamarthi, K., & Bazzoli, T. (2006, June), Teaming Activities In A Freshman Engineering And Computer Science Course Aimed Towards Recruitment And Retention Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--522
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