Development of an Assessment Procedure for Integration of Mathematical and CAE Tools in Engineering Courses

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Conference Proceedings

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


In a previous study 1 the authors presented the teaching and learning experiences of integrating mathematical and CAE tools in three example undergraduate engineering courses taught at three different universities by three different instructors who share similar teaching philosophies. Integration of mathematical tools such as MATLAB, MathCAD, and Excel, and the CAE packages such as Unigraphics 2 are found to be very effective teaching and learning strategies for better understanding of the relevant course material where such tools can be incorporated. The three example courses are: Machine Component Design, (taught at Kettering University using Excel and other CAE/FEA tools), Computational and Experimental course (taught at Saginaw Valley State University using MATLAB), and Dynamic Systems and Controls (taught at Baker College using MathCAD). All these are 4-credit courses. The outcome of the previous study proved to be useful as evidenced by the student performance in these courses. Based on the experiences of the previous studies, in this paper an assessment procedure is developed to study its impact on the early implementation of those tools from the beginning of teaching of these same courses as mentioned above. One of the measures of the effectiveness of the developed assessment procedure utilizes the overall performance of the students in those courses. It is hoped that such a procedure can be used to enhance the teaching and assessment of these or other similar courses.

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© American Society for Engineering Education, 2009