Designing a service-learning design project for a first-year engineering course

Christopher B. Williams, Janis P. Terpenny, Richard M. Goff

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Abstract

The creation of an appropriate, meaningful design experience for a first-year engineering design course is challenging as the instructor must balance resource constraints with broad learning objectives and a diverse, and often very large, enrollment. In this paper, the authors present the task of developing a design project for a first-year engineering course as a problem of design. Following a structured design process, the authors articulate the requirements for a successful first-year design project including: learning objectives that are appropriate for a multi-disciplinary group of first-year students and common budgetary and time constraints. Several project alternatives are generated and evaluated in a conceptual design phase. In their description of the embodiment and detail design phases, the authors present the implementation of the selected project concept: ROXIE ("Real Outreach experiences In Engineering"). The ROXIE project, a service-learning themed project, tasks first-year students with serving as design consultants to not-for-profit community partners. Through this partnership, students are able to practice principles and tools of design methodology and project management. Preliminary survey data and excerpts of student reflection essays are provided as a means of supporting the instructors' project selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009
Pages631-639
Number of pages9
EditionPART A
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 25 2010
Event2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2009Sep 2 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009
NumberPART A
Volume8

Other

Other2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/30/099/2/09

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  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Williams, C. B., Terpenny, J. P., & Goff, R. M. (2010). Designing a service-learning design project for a first-year engineering course. In Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009 (PART A ed., pp. 631-639). (Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009; Vol. 8, No. PART A). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2009-87091
Williams, Christopher B. ; Terpenny, Janis P. ; Goff, Richard M. / Designing a service-learning design project for a first-year engineering course. Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009. PART A. ed. 2010. pp. 631-639 (Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009; PART A).
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Williams, CB, Terpenny, JP & Goff, RM 2010, Designing a service-learning design project for a first-year engineering course. in Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009. PART A edn, Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009, no. PART A, vol. 8, pp. 631-639, 2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2009, San Diego, CA, United States, 8/30/09. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2009-87091

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Williams CB, Terpenny JP, Goff RM. Designing a service-learning design project for a first-year engineering course. In Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009. PART A ed. 2010. p. 631-639. (Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference 2009, DETC2009; PART A). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2009-87091