Project HAWK—Freshmen on PC-Based Case Studies

by Rollin Dix, Illinois Inst of Technology, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: University Programs in Computer-Aided Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing


The paper discusses an attempt to develop a course introducing freshmen to engineering with special emphasis on engineering faculty interaction. Personal computer use, engineering cases, and self-paced, workbook instruction in PC equipped classrooms have been elements. Although succeeding in many respects, in the first year the course was not as popular as expected with students. For the second year a point-accumulation grading system has replaced the P/F grading, the looseleaf notes have been published in textbook form, and an equation-solver package has been added to the software described. Student evaluation has been considerably better, but self-criticism is continuing.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Computers | Undergraduate study | Computer software | Graphic methods | Faculty | Engineering education | Systems engineering

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