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Title: Comparison of Differing Credit Hour Allotments for Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics Courses PDF
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Creator: Fletcher, Robert
Gerhart, Andrew
Gerhart, Philip
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Each institution determines how many credit hours will be allotted for each course. Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering curriculum in the United States typically are allotted three or four credit hours. For a semester system, this allows for 42-45 or 56-60 fifty-minute class sessions in three and four credit hour courses, respectively. Opinions vary whether thermodynamics and fluid mechanics should each be three credit hours, each be four credit hours, or one should be three and the other four. Two universities have conducted a study to determine the advantages, disadvantages, and consequences of three vs. four credit hours. One university has a four credit hour thermodynamics and a three credit hour fluid mechanics, while the other university has exactly the opposite. Through student surveys, course objectives/outcomes, course syllabi, instructors experiences, and average grades, conclusions are drawn on the effects of course length. Other issues are examined such as challenges facing instructors who have previously taught a four credit hour course that now must cover the same material within a three credit hour allotment. Finally recommendations are given for instructors that are allotted less than desirable credit hours.
LC Classification: Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Heat engines -- Theory of heat engines. Thermodynamics
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Hydraulic machinery -- Fluidic devices
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Study and teaching
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Mechanical engineering -- Fluid dynamics
Mechanical engineering -- Thermodynamics
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
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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: 2011-05-06 03:00:05 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-14 16:27:53 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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