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Interdisciplinary Team Teaching: Lessons for Engineering Instructors from a Capstone Course in Environmental Studies
Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • David Braun, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Emmit B. Evans, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Randall Knight, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Thomas Ruehr, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
6-26-2007
Abstract

The capstone course teaches students to analyze global environmental issues, resources, and human activities with a systems approach based on scientific, economic, political, social and ethical perspectives. Such an intrinsically multifaceted subject demands interdisciplinary treatment. To deliver the interdisciplinary treatment, the course uses diverse faculty teams comprised of faculty from fields in the natural and social sciences, engineering, and business. This work describes the interdisciplinary team teaching strategies adopted for the course and how they evolved with subsequent offerings of the course. We present assessment data measuring how well students achieve course objectives. Finally, experience gleaned from this course for non-majors has produced ideas for lessons engineering instructors can apply to their own courses.

Publisher statement

Publisher website: American Society for Engineering Education.

Citation Information
David Braun, Emmit B. Evans, Randall Knight and Thomas Ruehr. "Interdisciplinary Team Teaching: Lessons for Engineering Instructors from a Capstone Course in Environmental Studies" Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition: Honolulu, Hawaii (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dbraun/3/