"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.
Ragsdell, K. M.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering
University of Missouri--Rolla
ix, 30 pages
© 2003 Jose Fernando Vivas, All rights reserved.
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Case method -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Engineering -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Problem solving -- Study and teaching
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Vivas, Jose F., "Enhancing engineering education using thematic case-based learning" (2003). Masters Theses. 2463.