Engineering an effective industrial engineering freshman seminar course

Paul C. Lynch, Joseph H. Wilck, Elena M. Joshi

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Abstract

Over the course of four years (eight semesters), the industrial engineering first year seminar course (one-credit) at Pennsylvania State University was revamped and infused with active learning modules to cover all major areas of industrial engineering. One of the motivations for these course changes was to increase student interest in the industrial engineering major as freshmen, in order to reduce the number of transfers into industrial engineering as upperclassmen. The course included an emphasis on getting students involved in industrial engineering student organizations while also getting students to participate in career events as freshmen in search of internship and co-op opportunities. Over eight semesters, 85% of the students taking this course went on to major in an engineering major while 53% of the students taking the course specifically majored in industrial engineering. Student evaluation of instruction via the end-of-course surveys indicate the course was excellent in terms of course quality and teacher effectiveness. The course was also successful in getting students involved in industrial engineering student organizations and securing internship and/or co-op opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
EditorsHarriet B. Nembhard, Katie Coperich, Elizabeth Cudney
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages1741-1746
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762461
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: May 20 2017May 23 2017

Publication series

Name67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017

Other

Other67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period5/20/175/23/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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