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AE 481W/482 Course Reflection

Through the course of this year, the senior thesis project taught me how to focus several design disciplines toward one common goal.  Knowledge from multiple classes as well as individual research was necessary for the completion of the project.  This course promotes active problem recognition and solving, which is rarely offered by any other course.  Above all else, the thesis course work was a constant lesson in time management.  With periodic deadlines and self-motivated work hours, the thesis process has taught me how to allocate time and resources appropriately.  Overall, the thesis process teaches the design process, problem solving and technical communication.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

The CPEP requirement of this course was incredibly useful in content organization as well as a personal reference.  Through the use of the CPEP tools, our work can be accessed readily by friends, family, and even ourselves.  The online submission process also provides an effective timeline for the coursework.  Additionally, the discussion board aspect of the course was a beneficial tool.  The responses were timely and were filled with advice that cannot be found in any book.

ABET Outcome Survey

Important Note: These outcomes reflect my personal assessment of the course, not the instructor's assessment.

ABET Outcomes for AE 481W/482

Outcome not able to be assessed

Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable

Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated

More than minimum level of ability demonstrated

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a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering      


b. An ability to analyze and interpret data      


c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs      


e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems      


f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility      


g. An ability to communicate effectively      


h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context      


i. An ability to engage in life-long learning      


j. A knowledge of contemporary issues    


k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice      


o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program      


p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects      



Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Kevin Zinsmeister. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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