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The Development of Competencies in a Design Course from a Student Perspective

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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24.1198.1 - 24.1198.22



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Warren F. Smith UNSW, Canberra, Australia

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Warren Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of NSW, Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He joined the University in 1998 after spending 20 years as a practicing Naval Architect with the Australian Department of Defence. He is also an Affiliate Research Scholar at the University of Oklahoma. He is passionate about project-based authentic and immersive learning in engineering design education, believing design is learnt through doing. His passion is expressed in his own classes and through his roles as: National Coordinator for the Warman Design and Build Competition; FSAE Team Faculty Advisor; and Rules Chair and Facilitator for F1inSchools.

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Zahed Siddique University of Oklahoma

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Zahed Siddique is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are in areas of product design, product platform design, and engineering education. He is interested in peer-to-peer learning, technology enhanced education, motivation, and game-based learning for engineering. He is the faculty advisor of the Sooner Racing Team (FSAE) and coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Program.

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Farrokh Mistree University of Oklahoma

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Farrokh Mistree holds the L. A. Comp Chair in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Farrokh’s passion is to have fun in providing an opportunity for highly motivated and talented people to learn how to define and achieve their dreams.

Farrokh received his B. Tech (Hons) degree in Naval Architecture in 1967 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He has co-authored two textbooks, one monograph and more than 350 technical papers dealing with the design of mechanical, thermal and structural systems; ships and aircraft. His design experience spans the areas of mechanical, aeronautical, structural, and industrial engineering. He has taught courses in engineering design, naval architecture, solid mechanics, operations research and computer science. He has supervised 28 doctoral students and more than 50 master’s students, all of whom are well-placed around the world; 12 of his doctoral students are pursuing highly successful careers in academia. In addition, he has mentored two students, one master’s and one doctoral, who now own several for-profit colleges in Orissa, India.

Farrokh is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Member of RINA and SNAME. He was named the ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Engineering Design Educator in 2011. In September 2012 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. In December 2012, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Agile Manufacturing, Lafayette, Louisiana.

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DEVELOPING COMPETENCIES IN DESIGN – WHAT THE STUDENTS THINKABSTRACTThe purpose of the study reported in this paper was to examine the development of competenciesin design from a student perspective. A structured approach using surveys was implementedwithin the boundaries of an undergraduate design course to track progressively the changingstudent self-perceptions of competence during a semester long design activity. Using self-evaluation, the students were asked to reflect and articulate upon their own competency levelswhile being led through an open ended system design, build and test experience. The subjectcourse sits in the final year of a mechanical engineering undergraduate degree and has its focuson learning the principles of design in the context of the project which is a precursor toundertaking an industry sponsored capstone project. The hypothesis was that students wouldrecognize their competencies developing through team-based and self-learning activities.Foundational is the model of student learning, and in particular when learning starts – whenstudents know they don’t know and when they perceive they have changed that state. Presentedin the paper is a list of competencies targeted for the course, a description of the course and asummary of the findings. Through better understanding and calibrating student perspectives, itfollows that course design can be modified to better achieve course goals - a growth incompetence.

Smith, W. F., & Siddique, Z., & Mistree, F. (2014, June), The Development of Competencies in a Design Course from a Student Perspective Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23131

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