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Investigating students perception of some of the key learning activities in T272

Project leader(s): 
Foroogh Hosseinzadeh, Anne-Marie Gallen, Helen Lockett and Rafael Hidalgo
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

T272 is the first module in the undergraduate qualification that introduced the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Software, ANSYS, to provide a foundation for students to further develop their skills using this industry standard software in later modules.  Following T272, ANSYS has been introduced in the first Level 2 Mechanical Engineering A module (first presentation in 21J) and will be integrated in Level 3 modules (Mechanical Engineering B and Solid Mechanics and Materials Failure)

Also, T272 is the first module for students in Stage 2 that introduced an OpenEngineering Laboratory (OEL) Pressure Vessel Experiment in which students run the experiment on their own rather than simply observing or collecting data. In addition, the mathematical content in Part 2 of the module is a pedagogical major step up for students compared to the maths content in earlier modules.

T272 module team would therefore like to investigate students’ perception around learning on some of the key activities introduced in T272 related to ANSYS, the OEL experiment and the simulation tools provided in Part 2 of the module. We are interested in whether students make the connection with the taught theory when doing the activities and why students respond differently to the designed activities. 

This project will use Real Time Student Feedback (RTSF) questionnaires to collect data of their perception on these key activities. This will be followed by interviewing students whom responded to the RTSF. The outcome of the in-depth analysis of the collected data will be used to define recommendations for potential changes to the module material and inform future module design. It is hoped that the potential impacts of this project are for students to improve their learning experience, for the project team to improve their professional practice and for the university and the wider community of HE educators to improve delivering teaching materials.

Foroogh Hosseinzadeh, Anne-Marie Gallen, Helen Lockett and Rafael Hidalgo poster (PPT)

 

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