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Assessment of Design and Build Projects in Sophomore Design

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Richard Bannerot

University of Houston, Houston, TX

Paper No. DETC2015-46651, pp. V003T04A002; 10 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 17th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 12th International Conference on Design Education; 8th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5710-6
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


One requirement in our sophomore design class is for the students to work in teams to design and build devices that satisfy several requirements subject to physical constraints. The evaluation of these devices is based on how individuals and the team perform on written documents as well as how well the device performs during testing and satisfies given design criteria. The performances in various parts of this assignment are used as a basis for student outcomes assessment. The paper will provide an example of a team project description including the figure of merit that assesses the functionality of the device and the rubric used to assess the quality of the design in four areas:

• creativity demonstrated in the design concept,

• creativity demonstrated in the execution of the concept,

• overall craftsmanship and esthetics, and,

• robustness,

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Examples of student work and assessment documentation will also be provided.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Design



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