The development, implementation, and changes in engineering courses, at a large State University, sponsored through an NSF coalition

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Conference Proceeding

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Innovations in Engineering Education 2004: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads


Since 1988, with support from the Foundation Coalition, one of the Engineering Education Coalitions supported by the National Science Foundation, the Dwight Look College of Engineering has invested considerable time and energy in renewing its sophomore engineering courses. The excitement which accompanies the receipt of a large NSF funded program results in an initial enthusiasm and energy that is contagious for both faculty and students. The initial results of a "pilot" program are almost always improved course content, better student attitudes, better retention, etc. However, when the rush wears off and the new courses have to be institutionalized, what happens? What can be learned from consistent, long-term efforts to assess and improve the sophomore engineering science courses? This paper focuses on the introductory sophomore materials science course, Principles of Materials Engineering (ENGR 213). Using data collected from students and evaluation of student performance as measured by course grades and a standardized test, the authors will examine what has been learned since the inception of the course. Copyright © 2004 by ASME.

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