An Assessment Analysis Methodology and Its Application to an Advanced Engineering Communications Program

TitleAn Assessment Analysis Methodology and Its Application to an Advanced Engineering Communications Program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPappas, EC, Kampe, SL, Hendricks, RW, Kander, RG
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2004
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
Keywordsalumni , Assessment , communications-across-the-curriculum , CREATIVE , Curricula , ENGINEERING , INTERPERSONAL , professional , Visualization
AbstractAn assessment of a discipline-specific advanced engineering communications program initiated over a decade ago and those assessment strategies that best measure the success of the program are described. Novel ideas for the visualization and interpretation of the data are presented. These techniques are conducive to an "assess-revise-assess" strategy for curriculum improvement since they can efficiently assist in defining an appropriate and rapid response to program needs and constituency expectations. These include instruction in interpersonal communications, teamwork, engineering research and professional ethics, management and professional development skills, critical and creative thinking, and engineering design and are described briefly to place the current program in proper context for assessment. Positive correlations show that the program continues to be highly regarded by students, faculty, the college administration, alumni, and industry. 
NotesPAPPAS, ERIC C. 1; Email Address: KAMPE, STEPHEN L. 2; Email Address: HENDRICKS, ROBERT W. 3; Email Address: KANDER, RONALD G. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: The Department of Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University 2: Materials Science and Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 3: The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Source Info: Jul2004, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p233; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Subject Term: VISUALIZATION; Subject Term: INTERPERSONAL communication; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: CREATIVE thinking; Subject Term: ENGINEERING design; Author-Supplied Keyword: alumni surveys; Author-Supplied Keyword: assessment analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: communications-across-the-curriculum; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541330 Engineering Services; Number of Pages: 14p; Illustrations: 3 Charts, 5 Graphs; Document Type: Article