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Utilizing the Engineering Design Process to Create a Framework for Curricula Design

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Design Spine

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.1454.1 - 25.1454.17

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Krystal S. Corbett Louisiana Tech University

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Heath Tims Louisiana Tech University

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Galen E. Turner III Louisiana Tech University

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James D. Nelson Louisiana Tech University

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Utilizing the Engineering Design Process to Create a Framework for Curricula DesignProject-based, inquiry-driven, student-centered, all keywords found when reading literatureabout techniques used in the engineering classroom. It is clear there is a large community ofengineering educators that feel these techniques need to be integrated in the classroom. Researchhas shown that these pedagogies create an environment that is more engaging to the students.However, a possible downfall of these techniques is that they can become time consuming and ifnot integrated properly can take away from fundamental learning.Engineering educators can “fit a project in” on a micro level by just adding in new techniquesperiodically in class. On the macro level, how can one create a complete overhaul of a class’curriculum while maintaining the integrity of the material? To answer this question we look tothe engineering design process. The same principles of engineering design can be applied tocurriculum design. The engineering educator has a product, the course, and is told to make itbetter for the consumer, the students.This paper will present a framework that describes in detail the engineering design process andhow it relates to each step of the curriculum design process. Because of the active researchmethodology, examples from curriculum redesigns that were used to help develop the model ofengineering design to curriculum design will be highlighted. This innovative take on thecurriculum design process for engineering education will be discussed in detail.

Corbett, K. S., & Tims, H., & Turner, G. E., & Nelson, J. D. (2012, June), Utilizing the Engineering Design Process to Create a Framework for Curricula Design Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.

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