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The Development Of An Innovative Undergraduate Laboratory That Emphasizes Vertical Integration In Multiple Engineering Curricula

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1999 Annual Conference

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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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2153-5965

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7

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4.517.1 - 4.517.7

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Kevin Schmaltz

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Morrie Walworth

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Ajay Mahajan

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David McDonald

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Session 2526

THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY THAT EMPHASIZES VERTICAL INTEGRATION IN MULTIPLE ENGINEERING CURRICULA David McDonald, Kevin Schmaltz, and Morrie Walworth School of Engineering and Technology Lake Superior State University

Ajay Mahajan Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Abstract

The current paradigm in engineering instruction builds on a lecture prerequisite structure but ignores the need for a laboratory prerequisite structure. This paper presents a learning environment that enables students to use not only concepts and skills acquired from the lecture, but also actual data and models acquired from lower division laboratories, in upper division laboratories. The vertical integration occurs because students must use their previous laboratory work as a reference and/or building blocks as they study the different facets of the same experimental set-ups in multiple engineering laboratories. The students learn to appreciate the integrated nature of modern systems because they can use the same set-ups in multiple courses. There are other indirect advantages of this approach in terms of financial economy and faculty professional development. This project has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has resulted in the development of the Integrated Systems Engineering Laboratory (ISEL) that houses vertically integrated laboratory exercises for twelve courses from three different curricula.

1. Introduction

All too often in engineering education, laboratory instruction within a specific course focuses on the technical topics of that specific course without regard to other laboratory courses. A vertically integrated learning environment provides laboratory experiences that allow students to build upon earlier laboratory work by studying different facets of the same experimental set-ups in multiple engineering laboratories. This environment is created in an Integrated Systems Engineering Laboratory (ISEL). The ISEL houses six unique set-ups or stations that will be used in multiple courses in various engineering curricula. The students can study certain facets of this equipment in one laboratory course, and then reference this work as they different facets of the same equipment in

Schmaltz, K., & Walworth, M., & Mahajan, A., & McDonald, D. (1999, June), The Development Of An Innovative Undergraduate Laboratory That Emphasizes Vertical Integration In Multiple Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7582

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