Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Every day the business world requires stakeholders and companies from multiple disciplines to work together to reach a project’s successful completion. Problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills continue to rank as the top competencies required of today’s work force. In an effort to better prepare graduates, many academic programs have focused on senior design and capstone courses that create scenarios where students can “fail safely”. While capstone courses have progressed to create these simulations, there remains the challenge of creating the real-world complexity of multi-disciplinary teams from different fields. This paper highlights the case study of capstone programs in separate fields and how students were required to collaborate to attain goals specific to their own project’s success. No team could attain their final project without the collaborative skills of the other teams. The simulation mimicked the real-world. Within each program students were broken into companies complete with job titles, roles, and responsibilities. Each company was assigned a company in the other program to “contract” for their project. Teams were required to follow scopes of work and determine their timelines and resource allocation. At first, teams focused on the deliverables of one another. As projects evolved, students soon learned that communication, clear expectations, schedules, and accountability were all required more so than their respective discipline skills. With four sessions complete and over 200 students, the program has evolved. The objective of this paper is to share and highlight the history, setup, results, best practices, and candid pitfalls that have resulted from this collaboration for the potential use of other programs.
Benhart, B. L., & Cory, C. A., & Rajkarnikar, R., & Rangel, C. I., & Shaurette, M. (2018, June), Utilizing Capstone Courses in Separate Fields to Create Real-World Multidisciplinary Team Simulations Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31218
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2018 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015