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1 The Sophomore Year: Continuing the Experience Dr. Dianne Dorland Dr. Patricia Mosto

2 The Sophomore Year: Continuing the Experience Integrating requirements Focus and goals Course Design module examples What works What’s next

3 Engineering Clinics YrClinic Theme (Fall)Clinic Theme (Spring) FrEngineering MeasurementsReverse Engineering SoMultidisciplinary Project Writing Multidisciplinary Project Public Speaking JrProcess or Product Development Sr Multidisciplinary Capstone Design or Research Project

4 General Education Requirements Non-engineering College Composition I College Composition II Public Speaking upper-division writing-intensive course Engineering College Composition I Sophomore Clinic I Sophomore Clinic II Junior/Senior Clinic

5 Sophomore Clinic Integration of Communications Fall Semester: Writing II Spring Semester: Public Speaking Communications in the Engineering Clinics meets ABET requirements efficient integration

6 Sophomore Clinics Taught jointly by engineering, writing arts and communication studies faculty Engineering one lab: 160 min Communications two lectures: 75 min each

7 Goals Produce effective engineering communicators Deliver technical information to a non-technical audience Promote creative writing

8 Course Structure Integrates engineering design project Requires “communication deliverables” Teaches written and oral communication Has entrepreneurial focus

9 Course Planning  Communication and engineering faculty team design course  Faculty team meets for planning prior and during the semester  Single syllabus, assignments, requirements and grades

10 Course Delivery Team Taught Engineering Faculty: provide feedback for technical speeches Communications Faculty: provide feedback for final presentations

11 Course Grading  Project evaluated through written deliverables  Graded jointly  writing  participation  final grade  Graded separately  speeches

12 Fall Project: The Hoistinator Design, build, and test crane arm Use aluminum or plastic Lift 400 lbs, 2 ft high in 4 sec (max 1200 lbs) Design, build, and test timing device for lift

13 The Hoistinator: Demonstrations

14 Spring Project: Microbial Fuel Cell Design and construct battery powered Lego® Mindstorms robot Demonstrate reactions stoichiometry/yield metabolic pathways growth curves doubling time

15 Spring Project: Rocket Launch Design, build, and test a rocket

16 Spring Project: Clean Energy Design, build, and install a photovoltaic system Understand energy and sustainability Demonstrate industry and community impact

17 Other Projects Guitar effects pedal Can crusher Energy audit Human stair climber NASA Mars mission Backyard bridge Campus recycling Greenhouse gas emissions

18 What Works!  Discipline-specific communication skills  Project-based learning in the context of communication  Interdisciplinary collaboration  Papers, articles, proposals produced jointly

19 What’s Next!  Reinforce other course communication skills  Provide communication resources for Junior/Senior clinics  Continue assessment  Enhance integration between disciplines

20 Tesekkürler!

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