FURI | Spring 2020

Quantifying Students’ Understanding of the Engineering Design Process

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The engineering design process (EDP) is one of the most important concepts that students learn and practice applying in their first year engineering courses. The goal of this research is to develop a method for measuring the understanding of the EDP as demonstrated through concept maps created by students. In order to achieve this, the research team performed a literature review and created a detailed rubric for analyzing quantitative assessment of students’ concept maps. This tool will be validated for content validity and will benefit the first year engineering education community to allow educators teaching the EDP to effectively and accurately evaluate students’ understanding of the EDP.

Student researcher

Connor Sonnier

Computer science

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2020

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