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From Capstone Courses to Cornerstone Projects: Transferring Experiences from Design Engineering Final Year Students to First Year Students
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3699-5049
2007 (English)In: Proceedings of the 114th Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, USA, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

At KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, large capstone courses have been the base of higher engineering programs in product development during the last 20 years. The capstone courses has since the establishment been expanded to cover the most part of the students' final year and also constitutes the main competitive mean of attracting new students to the area of engineering design. This paper presents results from an attempt to introduce a similar concept into the students' first year of studies, in the form of cornerstone projects. The intention was to build on the extensive experience from the many capstone courses and projects, and to bridge the gap between the first year and the final year, with the purpose of giving a perspective and a broad overview of the entire curriculum and the following courses. In conclusion, a number of mechanisms are presented for the exchange of experiences and knowledge between the students of the first and final years of studies. This has proved to be highly advantageous for especially the first year students to get a better understanding of the final years of their education and their future professional roles as design engineers.

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2007.
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79677Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84858501283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-79677DiVA: diva2:495679
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114th Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition, 2007; Honolulu, HI; 24 June 2007 through 27 June 2007
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QC 20120301Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2012-03-01Bibliographically approved

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