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Saterbak Rice 1st Year Engineering

Saterbak Rice 1st Year Engineering






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    • Problem Based Learning in First Year Programs ENGI 150, Rice University Ann Saterbak Rice University
    • Course Objectives for ENGI 150
      • Students are better equipped to define and solve engineering problems.
      • Students improve their communication skills.
      • Students appreciate the complexities and high level of integration required to solve real engineering challenges.
      • Students become familiar with several areas of engineering.
    • PBL = Problem-Based Learning
      • PBL cases focus on unsolved problems.
        • NAE Grand Challenges are inspiration.
      • Posed problems are open-ended and have many answers.
        • Pedagogical focus on process (not content) knowledge.
      • Student-centered learning: students construct knowledge to solve problems.
        • Students lead teams.
    • Course Logistics
      • Course capped at 24 first-year students.
      • Class divided into three PBL teams.
        • Teams start meeting 2 nd week of course.
      • Each 75 min class had
        • 30 min lecture/discussion led by instructor
        • 45 min PBL team meetings.
      • Student teams solved 3 PBL cases.
        • Students ran meetings and developed solutions.
        • Instructor did minimal facilitation.
    • Student Deliverables
      • For each PBL case, each team prepared
        • 20 min oral presentation
          • Oral presentation coaching through Engin. College
        • 10-15 pg written report
      • Five homeworks and two exams
        • Covered lecture material
      • One Teaching Assistant assigned
        • PBL team facilitation
        • Grading
    • PBL Cases
      • PBL cases developed engineering skills of
        • Evaluation
        • Modeling
        • Design
      • Example PBL cases
        • Environmental Impact of Switch to Digital TV
        • Evaluation of Sources for Electric Power
        • Model of Energy Loss through Dorm Windows
        • Aricept TM Drug Delivery
    • Lecture Topics
      • Grand Challenges
      • Introduction to PBL
      • Teamwork
      • Search tools
      • Engineering problem solving
      • Graphs, tables
      • Oral reports
      • Written reports
      • Brainstorming
      • Engineering design
      • Engineering ethics
      • Rate processes
      • Accounting
      • Accounting for mass
      • Accounting for energy
      • Engineering careers
    • Struggles After First Offerings & Future Plans
      • Students come in with a wide range of skills.
        • Team assignment is difficult.
      • Most students unfamiliar with non-Google searches for technical information.
        • Offer tutorial sessions.
      • Students struggled to write clear technical documents.
      • Students enjoyed PBL cases that impacted them directly.