Enhancing the Manufacturing Knowledge of Undergraduate Engineering Students: A Case Study of a Design-Build-Test Challenge Involving Folding Bicycles

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Abstract

Many engineers currently in professional practice will have gained a degree level qualification which involved studying a curriculum heavy with mathematics and engineering science. While this knowledge is vital to the engineering design process so also is manufacturing knowledge, if the resulting designs are to be both technically and commercially viable.
The methodology advanced by the CDIO Initiative aims to improve engineering education by teaching in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating products, processes or systems. A key element of this approach is the use of Design-Built-Test (DBT) projects as the core of an integrated curriculum. This approach facilitates the development of professional skills as well as the application of technical knowledge and skills developed in other parts of the degree programme. This approach also changes the role of lecturer to that of facilitator / coach in an active learning environment in which students gain concrete experiences that support their development.
The case study herein describes Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student involvement in the manufacture and assembly of concept and functional prototypes of a folding bicycle.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2016
EventInternational Manufacturing Conference - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 31 Aug 201601 Sep 2016
Conference number: 33rd
http://ulsites.ul.ie/imc33/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Manufacturing Conference
Abbreviated titleIMC33
CountryIreland
CityLimerick
Period31/08/201601/09/2016
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Keywords

  • Design-Build-Test, Group project, CDIO

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