The purpose of this project is to provide a better understanding of the different engineering disciplines offered at the University. Students will be divided into teams. Each team will prepare a presentation on a discipline to be presented to the class. This presentation serves as a means for students to learn, in-depth, about a major outside of their areas of interest.
The assumption is that students haven’t had much information presented to them about these disciplines and opportunities afforded by them. After the presentations, each student will be armed with sheets of information about different disciplines and will learn a little something more about each in order to make a better-informed decision on their career goals. Students should put into it what they expect to get out of it. In other words, the more detailed they get, the more they will help each other and vice versa. Learning Objectives or Student Outcomes:
By the end of this lesson or activity, students will be able to work as a team, using a variety of resources, to create a ten minute presentation and accompanying handout describing an engineering discipline. Length of Project:
The length of the project depends on the time constraints of the instructor. Since it is not content-related to a particular course, but rather a project designed to introduce freshman students to the different engineering disciplines, it can be done on any timeline during the semester. One constraint that should be considered, however, is any deadline regarding declaration of specific engineering major. Team Size/Composition:
Teams of 4 work best, although teams of 3 or 5 students each may be formed if necessary. If established teams have already been established for the term, they should work in the same teams to accomplish this project. How is individual accountability built in to the project?
In a project like this, where there is no individual component of assessment built into the project, one of the most effective means of ensuringindividual accountability is to administer a peer evaluation at the conclusion of the project.
Components of Assessment:Assignments1. Choose discipline2. Research3. Presentation Handout4. Oral Presentation
Team Skills Needed for Success:
All team members must have the ability to communicate, to share ideas and opinions, and to give and receive feedback. How Are These Skills Emphasized?These skills are emphasized through the team completion of one presentation and one information sheet on an engineering discipline. Assignment Detail
The oral presentation project is designed for students to capitalize on their creativity while creating a presentation with usable content. However, the following are the recommended content areas for the presentation: 1. Industries served by the discipline
2. Common job titles and descriptions3. The current and future job market and salary averages4. A survey about the discipline (ranking, gender, government, private, consulting) 5. Professional societies related to the discipline6. Course Curriculum, required skills, educational programs and available trainings 7. Description of area from the perspective of (1 of 3 is required): a. A current student (junior or senior level)
b. A faculty memberc. A practicing engineer
Resources:* Department Faculty* Practicing Engineers* Senior or graduate Students
Written Resources* Technical Journals* Books* Magazines
Websites (College, Industry, Job Posting, etc.)* What Engineers Do: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm* Engineering at University of Arizona http://www.arizona.edu/index/alldepts-index.php * Listing of Engineering Jobs: http://www.careeroverview.com/engineering-careers.html * Career Advice & Salary Calculator: http://about.salary.com * Career Profiles: http://www.graduatingengineer.com/careerprofiles/index.html * Junior engineering technical society: http://www.jets.org/ * Try engineering: http://www.tryengineering.org/
Outline of Oral PresentationAfter you have completed the bulk of your research, your group is required to create an outline (one-page minimum) of your oral presentation based on content areas and possible presentation time. Make sure to include as much detail as possible. The most important items to include are your content areas and the approximate amount of time your group will spend on each area. General Tips for Using PowerPoint Effectively
* At most, put three bullets per slide for a clean presentation * Minimize the number of words on text slides* Avoid making graphs too complex* Use a consistent background, font, and bulleting scheme * Be creative when designing your slides, but avoid being too creative. The design must not detract from your message Oral Presentation
The actual presentation should last 10 minutes and groups should allow few minutes for question and answer. Everyone in the group must present some portion of the material, or points will be taken off. You are required touse PowerPoint to make your presentation. Turn in a copy of the presentation ‘using hand out’ format with 6 slides per page.
Oral Presentation Evaluation FormTopic: ___________________________________________________________ Presenters’ names:______________________ ______________________
Evaluate the presentation by checking the grade the group achieved in the following categories:| GRADE| The presentation reflected a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the topic.| A| B| C| D| F| The presentation was well organized.| A| B| C| D| F|
The topic was covered in a clear and understandable fashion.| A| B| C| D| F| Each member of the group was involved in the presentation.| A| B| C| D| F| Audio-visual resources were incorporated and used effectively.| A| B| C| D| F| The group responded effectively to questions posed by the audience.| A| B| C| D| F| Main points were effectively summarized at the end of the presentation.| A| B| C| D| F| Overall grade| A| B| C| D| F|