Masters Theses


Jose F. Vivas


"This paper describes a learning architecture for developing of a series of case- based studies that are linked by a common thematic basis. The proposed architecture takes into account “four forces” that influence the development of the thematic cases, namely, the Bloom’s learning levels, industry cases to add realism into the engineering curriculum, the plug and learn approach, and incorporation of business and management issues in the context of engineering problem solving.

A set of three industry case studies were developed using the lean manufacturing - continuous improvement theme and cover various topics such as Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), reduction of energy waste, process mapping, quality improvement, and various business and managerial issues. These series of cases are intended to immerse students in situations that they could expect while working in an industrial setting by emphasizing the usage of engineering and business tools and methodologies in the context of a real life project. The authors believe that their approach of developing theme oriented case studies as opposed to isolated case studies will help the students to internalize learning. Quite often, students are taught various tools and techniques and they may not necessarily see if and how these tools and techniques complement each other. The authors believe that presenting the tools and techniques around a thematic basis will help the students to understand “how, when, and which” tools and techniques need to be applied in a given context. Preliminary experiments were conducted to ascertain the value of the case studies to the students"--Abstract, page iv.


Allada, Venkat

Committee Member(s)

Ragsdell, K. M.
Krishnamurthy, K.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering


A DVD-ROM containing case studies, teaching notes, theoretical framework, and videos of the three cases developed under the proposed work is available in the back of the manuscript at the S&T Library. A description is found in the Appendix, pages 27-29.


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2003


ix, 30 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 24-26).


© 2003 Jose Fernando Vivas, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Case method -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Engineering -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Problem solving -- Study and teaching

Thesis Number

T 8448

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Link to Catalog Record

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