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Strengthening Senior Technology Capstone Course Experience For Agricultural And Industrial Technology Students, Lloyd D. Snell, Jacek A. Koziel Jul 2015

Strengthening Senior Technology Capstone Course Experience For Agricultural And Industrial Technology Students, Lloyd D. Snell, Jacek A. Koziel

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The Technology Capstone I/II are required Agricultural Systems Technology and Industrial Technology courses at Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), Iowa State University to prepare students for workplace application of learned practices. Instructors are challenged to create a strong and rigorous learning experience in the final year of a typical degree program. Past experiences with Technology Capstone course weaknesses could be summarized as follows: (1) projects were often "made-up" problems, i.e., contrived to meet academic requirements, lacking real-world business client and associated professional/business-world expectations, (2) student engagement was low and affecting other team members, and (3) instructors lacked ...


Administration Of Team-Based Senior Capstone Course: Lessons Learned And Future Challenges, Gretchen A. Mosher Jul 2015

Administration Of Team-Based Senior Capstone Course: Lessons Learned And Future Challenges, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Senior capstone courses provide an important mechanism for students to integrate and apply technical knowledge and skills they have acquired in previous coursework. Additionally, students are required to master a variety of professional skills, including teamwork, unstructured task completion, and project management to facilitate successful completion of a capstone course. Faculty also play an important role in the success of capstone courses. Sourcing and grading projects are common challenges for instructors. This paper will outline the challenges and best practices learned in the development and implementation of a senior-level capstone course in agricultural engineering technology, based on qualitative data gathered ...