June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Nuclear and Radiological
24.8.1 - 24.8.10
The Effects of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Completing a Radiological Engineering Design ProjectAn important skill for engineers to obtain is the ability to perform on cross-disciplinary teams.The term cross-disciplinary is used to describe both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary. TheCommittee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research (2005) explains that a multidisciplinaryteam comes together to accomplish a project with each member of the team contributingaccording to his or her unique expertise and then separates when the task is accomplished,whereas an interdisciplinary team works in a more integrated manner combining their knowledgetoward a solution. It has been shown that engineering education faculty researchers whocollaborate in a truly interdisciplinary approach tend to have better quality of work and increasedsatisfaction (Borrego and Newswander, 2008). The purpose of this article is to gain insight intohow well student teams at West Point approach the ideal model of an interdisciplinarycollaboration and show its effect on the quality of work and level of learning while completing aradiological engineering design project that has both engineering and social science aspects.West Point offers a unique perspective on the ability of students to perform on cross-disciplinaryteams. Non-engineering majors are required to take a 3-course core engineering sequence; non-engineers take ABET accredited engineering classes along with engineering majors.In order to make the comparison, students will complete a radiological engineering designproject on either a cross-disciplinary team or an engineer-only team. The project grade will bedivided into various categories: (1) Problem Recognition, (2) Decision Making Process, (3)Calculations, (4) Project Management, (5) Design Completion/Viability, (6) Format & Grammar,(7) Other considerations (social, environmental, political, economic, moral, and ethical).Students will also be asked to complete a course end survey that assesses how closely theyachieved the “interdisciplinary” model and the level of contribution of each team member. Thedata will be analyzed to determine if there is a difference in the quality of work, level of learning,and level of satisfaction between multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and engineer-only teams.
Echeverria, N. J., & Allen, K. S. (2014, June), The Effects of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Completing a Radiological Engineering Design Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/19896
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