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Impact of model-based design in engineering design education
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6692-2794
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - 2013, ASME Press, 2013, V001T04A022- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Project-based education in combination with problem-based learning has been very successful, and has contributed to the popularity of engineering design among students at technical universities. And when the project work addresses real industrial problems, offers insight into post-graduation working environments and gets direct feedback from professionals in industry, students can see the immediate relevance of their education - an invaluable boost to their learning experience. Students taking MF2004, a capstone course at KTH Department of Machine Design, learn the whole process from idea generation to manufacturing and testing a final prototype built in close collaboration with an industrial partner or a research group at the department. The benefits of using real prototypes cannot be stressed enough - students find out for themselves why a product must be designed in a certain way (e.g. to make it possible to assemble). The course uses project based learning as a teaching strategy and introduces a model based design methodology which enables the students to evaluate and "experience" many different behaviors of the product using digital models in a virtual environment. In this way, students can see that many undesirable concepts and flaws can be avoided even before a prototype is manufactured. This paper focuses on the introduction of the model-based design methodology and evaluation of its impact on learning in a capstone course in the Engineering Design MSc programme at KTH Department of Machine Design. A questionnaire was used to evaluate the effects on the students' learning, as well as to assess how feasible they consider this methodology to be. On the basis of this, in combination with the weekly meetings with the project teams, we can report a positive attitude among the students and improved learning outcomes.

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ASME Press, 2013. V001T04A022- p.
Keyword [en]
Automobile manufacture, Curricula, Education computing, Engineering, Engineering education, Industrial research, Industry, Machine design, Virtual reality, Engineering design education, Industrial partners, Learning experiences, Model- based designs, Problem based learning, Project based learning, Technical universities, Working environment, Students
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147271DOI: 10.1115/DETC2013-12625ISI: 000362240300053ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84896941831ISBN: 978-079185584-3OAI: diva2:729621
ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013; Portland, OR; United States; 4 August 2013 through 7 August 2013

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Available from: 2014-06-26 Created: 2014-06-25 Last updated: 2015-10-29Bibliographically approved

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