A Management/Grading System for Teaching Design in Mechanics of Materials and Other Courses

N. J. Salamon, Renata S. Engel

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A plan for class management and grading in Mechanics of Materials with design is offered for two reasons: (1) Teaching design in a topic-packed analysis course like Mechanics of Materials places demands upon instructors beyond the traditional course and this paper offers suggestions on how to cope. (2) At Penn State, the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department traditionally seeks a degree of conformity between sections and offers a common final exam, hence there are some rules that instructors must follow to maintain this policy. The paper is the result of experience and treats methods for selecting teams, guiding students through learning the design process, structuring the design report and assigning grades to individuals within a team. The plan is aimed at effective, yet efficient teaching, is open to continuous improvement and applicable to other courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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