Linking Research and Teaching: A Machine Design Course Orchestrated Around a Rotary Diesel Engine Patent

Dirk Schaefer, Jitesh H. Panchal

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Abstract

It is well known and widely accepted that the
integration of research and teaching in a problem-based setting
helps to foster deep learning among students. In this paper, we
describe how a patent of a rotary diesel engine, that had failed
to work in practice, was used to link undergraduate research and
teaching activities by orchestrating two design courses around
this patent. Learning outcomes, course goals, content as well as
assignments and projects were defined based on constructive
alignment. Students’ performance was assessed using so-called
assessment rubrics based on Bloom’s taxonomy, which were
specifically developed for both courses. After introducing the
educational framework for this approach to enhancing student
learning, we explain how both courses were designed and
delivered in order to meet the higher level educational outcomes
envisaged. The paper closes with an overview of both our
experiences and those of our students.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE07) - Seattle, Washington, USA United States
Duration: 11 Nov 200715 Nov 2007

Conference

Conference2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE07)
CountryUSA United States
CitySeattle, Washington
Period11/11/0715/11/07

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Keywords

  • Machine design
  • Design Education

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Schaefer, D., & Panchal, J. H. (2007). Linking Research and Teaching: A Machine Design Course Orchestrated Around a Rotary Diesel Engine Patent. Paper presented at 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE07), Seattle, Washington, USA United States.