June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.1250.1 - 24.1250.11
The Use of an Iterative Industry Project in a One Semester Capstone CourseCapstone projects provide students the opportunity to use the combined knowledge and skillsgained throughout their educational curriculum to address a relevant (frequently industrysponsored) problem. While capstone courses are often two semesters and allow studentssignificant time to design and advance a project, in some curricula these courses are limited toone semester. In such instances, the scope of prospective projects needs to be refined to meet thesponsor needs while also providing students with a worthwhile, yet tractable capstoneexperience. This work will describe the process used in one engineering technology programwhere students work on a certain aspect of a multi-semester industry-sponsored project.This paper will detail the key documentation and scoping procedures that are necessary tofacilitate these types of iterative multi-semester industry projects. An illustrative case will beused to highlight how this has been implemented for one industry project that has spanned threesemesters. Examples of student work and findings will be presented to highlight the key scopingand documentation challenges of an iterative project necessary to meet the sponsor’sexpectations over the long term. Lessons that can broadly be applied to capstone projects and keylessons gleaned from these projects will also be presented.
Johnson, M., & Alvarado, J. L. (2014, June), The Use of an Iterative Industry Project in a One Semester Capstone Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23183
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