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ANSI/APEC Standards Education Conference Creation of a University Course For Standardization Donald E. Purcell, Adjunct Faculty School of Engineering & School of Law Catholic University of America February 28, 2011
7 Essential Issues Knowledge and awareness of university students Steep learning curve Educational Content Definitions, standards & standardization issues Peer review (collaborative effort) Faculty Guest Expert Speakers Grading & evaluation of students Student evaluations of course & faculty Creating a standardization course is a collaborative effort
Awareness & Steep Learning Curve There are virtually no university students with a basic knowledge or awareness of technology standards or the process of standardization. The learning curve for university students is very steep. In a typical semester, it generally takes 4-6 lectures to cover fundamental issues associated with technology standardization.
Strategic Standardization Curriculum for Graduate Engineering Management Program Course overview on Global Standards-Building Blocks to the Future (1 lecture) United States Standards System (3 lectures) International Standards and Trade (2 lectures) Strategic Standards Management (1 lecture) Testing, certification & conformity assessment (1 lecture) Public policy issues (1 lecture) Legal issues (1 lecture) Final review of major issues, class presentations and evaluation of course (2 lectures) Creation of a multidisciplinary course is essential
Strategic Value of Standards Standards are a bridge between markets and technologies TechnologiesMarkets: Consumer Commercial Government Whoever controls the bridge controls the future… Standards
Standards Issues Health Safety Environment Sustainability Performance vs design Trade & competition Language & symbols Testing, certification & conformity assessment Legal & public policy issues Review & modifications as necessary
Standardization Issues Effectiveness & relevance (need) Scope of standard (national, regional or international) Standardization forum (national, regional or international) Fairness & impartiality (credibility) Transparency & openness Consensus process & stakeholder balance Reconciliation of conflicting standards Right of appeal Social responsibility & technical assistance Relationship between private sector and government standards Technological change, internet & security Education & awareness Information and knowledge transfer Resources & funding
Faculty Faculty play an important role in the development of a standardization course. University faculty that are experts in a field of technology provide important assistance to standards groups on technical and/or economic feasibility issues, however, there are very few university faculty who have a broad range of experience necessary to teach a course on standardization. There are approximately 380 schools of engineering in the United States, but only 4 universities have a school of engineering course on standardization. (Catholic University, University of Colorado – Boulder, Purdue University and University of Pittsburgh) Inviting guest lecturers who are standardization experts can significantly enhance the value of a university standardization course.
Student Evaluations & Grading Strategic Standardization requires students to write a research paper pages in length on a standardization subject approved by faculty. (90% of grade) The course also requires students to give a class presentation on their research lasting minutes. (10% of grade)
Student Evaluations Catholic university requires all students to evaluate a course and faculty at the conclusion of a course. Evaluation Issues Did the course have value in relation to the field of study Did the course increase or decrease interest in subject matter Were lectures clear, well presented and organized Did faculty provide insights and viewpoints not in material Did faculty encourage independent thought and participation Was faculty available outside of class Were tests, examinations and grading made clear and fair
Collaborative Effort Creating a standardization course at the university level is a collaborative effort. Since 1999 the course on Strategic Standardization has been created and maintained collectively by the efforts of fellow faculty, standardization experts, and evaluation by students.
Contact Information Donald E. Purcell Telephone: 202/ Website: