A Review of Component Functional Templates as an Engineering Design Education Aid
Functional modeling is an essential part of engineering design education. At the University of Missouri-Rolla, functional modeling is taught in an introductory engineering design course, required of every freshman-engineering student, and is exhibited through some graduate student level courses as well. In these courses, often an active learning reverse engineering experimentation is used to introduce the students to functional modeling. They are required to hypothesize the function of toys such as a foam disc launcher or a Bumble Ball, and then dissect the toy to determine the actual functions portrayed inside the product. The functions are then compiled into a full system model of the product. After completing this engaging in-class activity however, the quality of the functional models produced individually by the students was not desirable. These results displayed a clear disconnect between thinking in terms of a product's components and a product's functionality. Therefore, a survey was conducted of both sophomore and graduate level engineering students about their functional modeling learning experience. Based on the in-class activity and survey results, an educational tool, component functional templates, was derived to address this need that links common product components with generally recognized functionality. It is expected that, as a functional modeling teaching aid, the component functional templates will help the students associate functionality to components and in time, begin to think functionally during the engineering design process.
D. R. Abbott and K. Grantham Lough, "A Review of Component Functional Templates as an Engineering Design Education Aid," Proceedings of the 2007 American Society of Engineering Education Conference, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Jan 2007.
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Functional Modeling; Active Learning Reverse Engineering; Component Functional Templates; Engineering Design Course; Full System Model; In-Class Activity
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Teaching -- Aids and devices
Article - Conference proceedings
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