Enhancing the quality of senior design projects

The introduction of a coordinated sequence of design courses to prepare students for the capstone experience in electrical engineering

Timothy F. Wheeler, Mary Lynn Brannon

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    Abstract

    General dissatisfaction with the quality of capstone projects led the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) in the Electrical Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University to adopt a coordinated sequence of design courses that will prepare students to make better use of the capstone semester. The goal for this re-definition was to revitalize the capstone program by offering broader opportunities for students to find ambitious projects aligned with their professional interests. In addition, there was a desire to breach the wall between graduate and undergraduate programs and to increase professionalism training. An assessment plan was developed at the same time as the curriculum. Assessment measures, embedded throughout the sequence, will validate the effectiveness of the curriculum changes, encourage the continued evolution of the program, encourage coordination among the constituent courses and thus provide coherence to the sequence. The assessment plan includes surveys, an e-portfolio, focus groups and a final evaluation of the capstone project itself. Some preliminary data from pilot semesters are included here.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
    StatePublished - 2013
    Event120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Atlanta, GA, United States
    Duration: Jun 23 2013Jun 26 2013

    Other

    Other120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
    CountryUnited States
    CityAtlanta, GA
    Period6/23/136/26/13

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    Electrical engineering
    Curricula
    Students

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Engineering(all)

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    120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. 2013.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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