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Program Assessment Process for ABET Presented to Industrial Advisory Board, October 5, 2001 H. U. Akay Professor and Chair Department of Mechanical Engineering Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis http://www.engr.iupui.edu/me Outline ABET Engineering Criteria 2000

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program assessment process for abet

Program Assessment Processfor ABET

Presented to Industrial Advisory Board, October 5, 2001

H. U. Akay

Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

http://www.engr.iupui.edu/me

outline
Outline
  • ABET Engineering Criteria 2000
  • Current curriculum
  • Program objectives and outcomes
  • Assessment process adopted
  • Design courses
  • Future work

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ABET
  • ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology):
    • is the sole agency responsible for the accreditation of U.S. educational programs that lead to engineering degree;
    • recently has adopted a radically new set of criteria for accreditation of U.S. engineering programs, know an Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC 2000).

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engineering criteria 2000
Engineering Criteria 2000
  • An outcomes assessment program that requires each engineering program seeking accreditation or re-accreditation to establish its own internal assessment process, which in turn, will be assessed by ABET.

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engineering criteria 20005
Engineering Criteria 2000
  • Calls for:
    • detailed, published educational objectives that are consistent with the institution’s mission and EC 2000;
    • detailed, published program outcomes that are consistent with the program objectives and EC 2000;
    • a curriculum and process that ensures the achievement of these objectives; and
    • a system of ongoing evaluation that demonstrates achievement of these objectives and uses the results to improve the effectiveness of the program.

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me department
ME Department
  • In 1998, the ME department has received a full six-year accreditation according to the old criteria
  • Next ABET review is scheduled for 2004 which will be based on the new criteria

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department vision
Department Vision
  • The vision of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to be an innovative leader in providing undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering education, and conducting high quality research and service for industry and government in Indianapolis, the State and beyond

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department mission
Department Mission
  • The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to: 
    • Provide high quality education in mechanical engineering for both undergraduate and graduate students
    • Enhance and provide support for high quality faculty research to ensure quality education
    • Increase the program’s national and international reputation
    • Enhance our community through civic responsibility and the promotion of economic development

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curriculum freshman common for all engineers
First Semester

ENGR 195 Intr to Engineering Profession (1)

ENGR 196 Intr to Engineering (3)

CHEM C111 Chemical Science 1 (3)

COMM R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3)

MATH 163 Integrated Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (5)

Second Semester

ENGR 197 Intr to Programming Concepts (3)

Science Elective (3)

ENG W131 Elementary Composition (3)

MATH 164 Integrated Calculus and Analytical Geometry II (5)

PHYS 152 Mechanics (4)

Curriculum – Freshman Common for all engineers

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curriculum sophomore year
Third Semester

ME 200 Thermo-dynamics (3)

ME 270 Basic Mechanics I (3)

ECON 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)

MATH 261 Multivariate Calculus (4)

PHYS 251 Heat, Electricity, and Optics (5)

Fourth Semester

ME 262 Mechanical Design I (3)

ME 272 Basic Mechanics II (3)

EE 201 Linear Circuit Analysis I (3)

EE 207 Electronic Measurement Techniques Laboratory (1)

MATH 262 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4)

Gen Ed Elective (3)

Curriculum – Sophomore Year

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curriculum junior year
Fifth Semester

ME 272 Mechanics of Materials (4)

ME 310 Fluid Mechanics (4)

ME 330 Modeling and Analysis of Dynamics Systems (3)

MSE 345 Introduction to Engineering Materials (3)

Gen Ed Elective (3)

Sixth Semester

ME Elective (3)

ME 314 Heat and Mass Transfer (4)

ME 340 Dynamic Systems and Measurements (3)

ME 372 Mechanical Design II

Gen Ed Elective (3)

Curriculum – Junior Year

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curriculum senior year
Seventh Semester

ME 482 Control Systems Analysis and Design (3)

ME Elective (3)

TCM 360 Communication in Engineering Practice (2)

Technical Elective (3)

Gen Ed Elective (3)

Eight Semester

ME 410 Engineering Ethics and Professionalism (1)

ME 462 Engineering Design (4)

ME Electives (3)

ME Elective (3)

Gen Ed Elective (3)

Curriculum – Senior Year

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course outcomes
Course outcomes
  • In Fall ‘00:
    • Faculty prepared outcomes for all undergraduate courses
    • Made the outcomes known to students by:
      • including them in their syllabi, and
      • reviewing them with students throughout the semester
    • A survey for course outcomes implemented for each course
      • The surveys were analyzed and faculty were asked to comment on the results by submitting one paragraph report to the chair with recommendations

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program objectives
Program Objectives
  • Apply to what the graduates should be able to accomplish in the work place a few years after the graduation

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adopted program objectives
Adopted Program Objectives
  • The overall educational objective of the undergraduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to educate students with excellent technical capabilities in mechanical engineering discipline and related fields who will be responsible citizens and continue their professional advancement through life-long learning.

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adopted program objectives cont d
Adopted Program Objectives (cont’d)
  • As practicing engineers, our graduates should be able to:
    • Apply sound design methodology in multidisciplinary fields of mechanical engineering.
    • Competently use mathematical methods, engineering analysis, and measurement and instrumentation techniques.
    • Practice effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Understand the environmental, ethical, diversity, cultural, and contemporary aspects of their work.
    • Work collaboratively and effectively in engineering and manufacturing industries.
    • Assume positions of professional leadership in industry and government. 

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program outcomes
Program Outcomes
  • The Program Outcomes apply to what the students should be able to do at the time of graduation

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Adopted Undergraduate Program Outcomes

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assessment of outcomes
Assessment of Outcomes
  • The program outcomes a-k were established including all mechanical engineering specific outcomes required by ABET
  • The assessment committee made a mapping of course outcomes to program outcomes
  • A program outcomes survey devised for the graduating seniors
  • A program outcomes survey is devised for alumni and industry

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tools used for assessment
Tools Used for Assessment
  • Course outcome surveys
  • Program outcome surveys
  • Alumni and employer surveys
  • Monitoring student satisfaction via surveys and meetings
  • Monitoring FE exam results

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tools used for assessment cont d
Tools Used for Assessment (cont’d)
  • Assessing the student work in selected key courses which cover all program outcomes
  • Common guidelines and rubrics for student reports in:
      • Laboratory experiments
      • Major design project reports

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me 462 engineering design existing capstone design course
ME 462 Engineering DesignExisting Capstone Design Course
  • The last one out of a sequence of three mechanical design courses in the curriculum
  • The students:
    • Design a mechanical system
    • Build a prototype or a computer model of the system
    • They work in teams
    • Write a joint report
    • Orally present their work
    • Prepare and display posters
    • Are exposed to lectures from industry
  • A design day instituted at the end of the semester for project and poster presentations
  • Best design and best poster awards are granted

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An ME 462 Project

NASA’s MOONBUGGY

STUDENT COMPETITION

On the Grounds of the U.S.

Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, Alabama

April 1999, 2000, and 2001

Participated by the Senior Design Course Students of the

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI

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me design of thermal systems a capstone course planned
ME ??? Design of Thermal SystemsA capstone course planned
  • In this course, the students will:
    • Design a thermal/energy system
    • Build a prototype or a computer model of the system
    • Work in teams
    • Write a joint report
    • Orally present their work
    • Prepare and display posters

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support needed from industry
Support needed from industry
  • Feedback on our program and graduates
  • Suggestions/support for design projects
  • Internship opportunities
  • Speakers on professional experiences
  • Awards for outstanding student or faculty work
  • Scholarships or awards for outstanding students
  • Lab equipment

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support needed from industry cont d
Support needed from industry (cont’d)
  • Publicity of our programs in the community
  • Stress the need for stronger engineering programs in Indianapolis area – to city administration and state

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ADOPTED ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Review program objectives and outcomes

Prepare/revise course outcomes

Conduct surveys for course and program outcomes; assess

key courses; conduct exit surveys; and monitor FE exams

Conduct student satisfaction, alumni, and employer surveys

Deficiency?

No

Yes

Make necessary

changes

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a typical course outcomes list 8 12 items
A typical course outcomes list (8-12 items)
  • ME 450 Introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Course Outcomes
  • Fall 2000
  • After completion of this course, the students will be able to:
  • 1. Use the finite element method as a simulation/modeling tool for design [k2]
  • 2. Use the finite element method for stress analysis and design of load carrying structures [k1]
  • 3. Evaluate the accuracy of results obtained from finite element codes [a4]
  • 4. Use the Finite element method for heat transfer analysis of solids [k1]
  • 5. Write project reports describing and evaluating the obtained results [g]
  • 6. Give oral presentations of your projects [g]

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a typical outcomes survey partial
A typical outcomes survey (partial)

ME 450 Introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering

Course Outcomes Survey

Fall 2000

After having completed this course, on a scale from (1) to (5), please rate how well this course has helped you to perform the following course outcomes (1 = Very dissatisfied, 5 = Very satisfied)

1. Use the finite element method as a simulation/modeling tool for design 1 2 3 4 5

2. Use the finite element method for stress analysis and design of load 1 2 3 4 5 carrying structures

3. Use the Finite element method for heat transfer analysis of solids 1 2 3 4 5

4. Evaluate the accuracy of results obtained from finite element codes 1 2 3 4 5

5. Write project reports describing and evaluating the obtained results 1 2 3 4 5

6. Give oral presentations of your projects 1 2 3 4 5

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Mapping of Course Outcomes to Program Outcomes

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publicizing on the web
Publicizing on the Web
  • Made the following available on the web:
    • Course syllabi
    • Program outcomes
    • Outcomes of all courses

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what did we gain
What did we gain?
  • A systematic approach to evaluate and detect the strengths and weaknesses of the program
  • More attention to specific outcomes in the courses
  • Maintain continuity among instructors
  • Better appreciation of ABET outcomes

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next step
Next step

Review the program outcomes with:

    • Industrial Advisory Board
    • Student Advisory Board
  • Find a solution for soft outcomes (h - j)
  • Implement a similar process for graduate program assessment – needed for NCA

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next step cont d
Next step (cont’d)
  • Establish objective testing methods:
    • Prerequisite tests
    • Exit exams
    • Etc.
  • More presence on the Web

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THE END!

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