Development of a standardized laboratory exam for a materials and manufacturing course

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Conference Proceeding

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


Many courses have a laboratory component. Some fraction of the courses have laboratory as part of the course while the remaining fraction have it as a separate course that need not be taken with the lecture portion of a course. Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University has a junior level materials and manufacturing course that includes the laboratory as part of the course. Over the years, faculty have wondered whether or not students learn in laboratory what the faculty envision is important and significant. For the past several years, we have worked on developing a laboratory test that assesses what the students have learned. This paper will discuss the development of the questions and examine the student responses. These will be compared with the course objectives and ABET program objectives a through k.

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