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Assessment

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Each outcome in the list of approximately 100 measurable course outcomes incorporates a letter of the primary program outcome in their numbering – for example, outcome ‘a.1’ is a measurable course outcome related to ABET student outcome ‘a’. For each measurable course outcome we define a tollgate course (where the final assessment takes place), a performance level (mastery, competence or awareness as defined in attachment 1a), and an area of expertise group (a faculty subgroup responsible for those outcomes). The tollgate course is not the only place in the curriculum that the outcome is addressed, but is the place in the curriculum that we have judged to be most appropriate for assessment of student performance relative to that outcome. The area of expertise group provides oversight and broad perspective in the review of the assessment evidence to ensure that assessment is a program-level activity rather than an individual instructor activity.

 

Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering

Each measurable course outcome is linked to an ABET student outcome is a summary table. For each measurable outcome we define a tollgate course (where the final assessment takes place) and a performance level (mastery, competence or awareness). The tollgate course is not the only place in the curriculum that the outcome is addressed, but is the place in the curriculum that we have judged to be most appropriate for assessment of student performance relative to that outcome. The core program faculty provides oversight and broad perspective in the review of the assessment evidence to ensure that assessment and evaluation leading to improvement is a program-level activity rather than an individual instructor activity.

 

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

  1. Before the proposal stage – each student's selection of elective coursework pertaining to an area of technical specialization is reviewed by their research advisor and thesis committee. Additionally, the program's graduate chair reviews and approves the choice of elective coursework.
  2. At the proposal stage - each student's graduate committee reviews the proposed research plan for his or her thesis work in written form and in an oral presentation defense. All thesis proposals must contain an approved set of research objectives, a properly cited literature review to demonstrate technical expertise in the chosen area of study, and a comprehensive plan of work to meet the research objectives, including demonstration of knowledge of the engineering tools to be used, the scope of the data to be collected, the methods of data analysis, and the methods used to ensure integrity of the conclusions drawn from the analysis of the data.
  3. At the thesis defense stage - each student's graduate committee reviews and assesses the student's execution of his or her research plan. Assessment is done on both the written thesis document and in an oral defense presentation to evaluate the level of professional development of the student in attaining expertise in their selected technical area, their ability to collect and analyze data in a robust and repeatable manner, and in their ability to communicate the results to an educated, professional body.
  4. Students must maintain a B-or-better average in core coursework. Only courses with grades of C or above count towards graduation.

 

Doctorate of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Each student’s advisor reviews the student’s selection of coursework and a plan of study is prepared. The program’s graduate chair reviews the plan of study to make sure that degree requirements are met. The program’s graduate chair also goes through graduation checklist before the degree is awarded.

  • Each student has a graduate committee that consists of members from within the college and outside the college
  • Each student must pass a comprehensive exam. The student prepares a written document and then makes an oral presentation to his/her graduate committee. The graduate committee evaluates the work assesses understanding of the material
  • Each student must prepare a thorough research proposal - the student's graduate committee reviews the proposed research plan in written form and through an oral presentation. All proposals must contain an approved set of research objectives, a properly cited literature review to demonstrate technical expertise in the chosen area of study, and a comprehensive plan of work to meet the research objectives, including demonstration of knowledge of the engineering tools to be used, the scope of the data to be collected, the methods of data analysis, and the methods used to ensure integrity of the conclusions drawn from the analysis of the data
  • Each student must prepare a detailed scholarly dissertation document explaining the research and must defend the research conducted. The student's graduate committee reviews and assesses the student's execution of his or her research plan. Assessment is done on both the written document and in an oral defense presentation to evaluate the level of professional development of the student in attaining expertise in their selected technical area, their ability to collect and analyze data in a robust and repeatable manner, and in their ability to communicate the results to an educated, professional body