firmly believe that our students want to learn, and it has been proven that
their level and type of learning is strongly coupled to effective assessment
methods. Hence, it becomes critical to have the components of the course grade
meet the learning objectives as well as the high expectations I have for them.
For example, in my course on numerical methods, the grading components include
varied items such as:
Concept tests: Held in the first week of classes, the
pre-concept test reassesses students' understanding of the core concepts that
they should know from the prerequisite courses while the post-concept test held
in the last week of classes shows the gains they have made in their knowledge.
Online self-assessment quizzes: Each student gets problems with different
numbers for a homework quiz, which keeps each accountable while also fostering
online study-hall conversations.
Special assignments: These include writing essays
Projects: These are open-ended, realistic and ill-defined.
In some projects, no data are given-some data have to be assumed while other
data have to be found from other sources.
Rather than choose and be attached to a particular pedagogy, I believe that it
is important to mix methods of instruction to reach, encourage and challenge our
diverse student population. We are fortunate to live in a time where we have
access to evidence-based research in learning sciences and, hence, can
confidently use only those findings that are verified and validated.
also firmly believe in the open and free dissemination of educational materials,
and there is ample evidence now of how this has profoundly improved education,
diversified modes of learning and created opportunities for everyone. Since
2002, I have been leading the development, assessment and national dissemination
of National Science Foundation-funded courseware for an undergraduate
engineering course in numerical methods. The course resources are customizable
but were developed holistically as it has been proven that transfer of knowledge
is more likely to take place if done in multiple perspectives than just in a
single context. The open courseware has become very popular worldwide and
through its affiliated social media outlets provides a sustainable learning
platform via interaction, engagement and discussion in the global classroom.
believe that the classroom is not just an avenue for cognitive learning but also
for meaningful social interaction and affective learning. Treating students with
respect and creating a vibrant atmosphere in the classroom is essential. The
informal contact during office hours, in hallways, before class starts, after
class and at the student organization meetings is critical in building students'
interpersonal skills as well as in enhancing the human dimension to the
EML3041 Computational Methods
"As hard a problem as finding the quadrature of a circle!"
Techniques to solve engineering problems using numerical methods
and digital computers. Topics include roots of equations, simultaneous
linear equations, numerical integration and differentiation,
curve fitting and ordinary differential equations.
Concepts for Mechanical Engineers
than just teach you how to program, this course teaches you how to think more
methodically and how to solve problems more effectively. As such, its lessons
are applicable well beyond the boundaries of computer science itself. That the
course does teach you how to program, though, is perhaps its most empowering
return. With this skill comes the ability to solve real-world problems in ways
and at speeds beyond the abilities of most humans."
- David Malan who teaches a general computer science course in Harvard to
majors and non-majors of computer science.
This course introduces the student to the world of
programming through MATLAB to develop scientific and engineering models.
The student will be able to write beginner level programs that include
conditional statements, repetition loops, input/output of files, modular
programming including subprograms, and matrix manipulation.
to Composite Materials/LAMINATED COMPOSITE MATERIALS
"Do not give them any more straw to make bricks with, as your custom
has been; let them go and find straw for themselves" (Exodus 5).
Although man-made composites have existed for thousands of years,
the high technology of advanced composites has been used in the
aerospace industry only for the last sixty years. The applications
are becoming diverse ranging from aircraft structures and missile
canisters to tennis racquets and fishing rods. The objective of
this course is to analyze and design fiber reinforced composite materials.