June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Design in Engineering Education
24.1198.1 - 24.1198.22
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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