Improving a Capstone Design Course Through Mindmapping

ABSTRACT

Our full-year capstone design course, “Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Design Methodology and Application,” focuses on both design methodology and design application. We redesigned the course to more effectively prepare students for the “application” aspect of design. The approach was essentially to implement a short inquiry-based learning exercise that was augmented by web-based teaching modules. This blended learning approach gave the students an immediate sense of team dynamics and project management skills necessary to complete this short exercise (and their year-long project). This paper discusses the design, testing, application and results of this two week design project and focuses specifically on mindmapping freeware. There will also be a discussion of how this project will be made accessible via an e-learning engineering design portal, which houses many projects such as the one described above.

 

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Marjan Eggermont
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Robert Brennan
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Theo Freiheit
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

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