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Title: A Practice-Integrated Undergraduate Curriculum in Mechanical Engineering PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Project-based and experiential learning is becoming increasingly important in engineering education. When recently surveyed, a majority of the students in a junior-year class at the University of Pennsylvania stated that they learned more from a particular course that had a strong lab component than from any other college class. This student belief may stem from the internal confirmation of understanding that hands-on work provides. Students seem to gain confidence when they are able to apply class material successfully to real-world systems, rather solving text book problems on paper. It is not yet clear where the critical learning takes place, whether in the lab or in the associated lecture, but it is obvious from our experience that laboratory work catalyzes student understanding and excitement about mechanical engineering. Based on student feedback and our belief in the value of project-based and experiential learning, we have developed a practice-integrated mechanical engineering curriculum that spans the full four-year undergraduate experience. Our goal is to ingrain theoretical concepts and develop independent student thinking by gradually incorporating design into laboratory activities; by exposing students to systems and applications before developing all of the relevant theoretical concepts; and by motivating students to appreciate the importance and relevance of the theory by directly applying it in projects.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Curriculum
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Study and teaching
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Mechanical engineering
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2011-05-04 03:00:03 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-15 08:40:44 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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