Integrating three courses (one sophomore level, two senior level) through Project Based Learning (PBL) within the Industrial Engineering curriculum at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is presented. Three courses (IME 443 Facilities Planning and Design - senior level; IME 420 Simulation - senior level; and IME 223 Process Improvement Fundamentals - sophomore level) were linked by various mechanisms: Common industry projects, common students in two of the three courses; senior students having access to sophomores in their teams to carry out time consuming tasks such as time studies, and sophomores having access to seniors as team members, and as coaches and mentors. “Industry partners” opened their doors to a group of students to identify “process improvement opportunities”. Each student team included students from each of the participating classes. Scheduling of courses back to back in the morning provided students longer periods of class time to visit companies for their project work. One of the unique opportunities in this project was for the faculty to model collaboration around complex problems with no easy solution (integration of course), just as the students are required to do. Student interest is high. Faculty development is also enhanced by the enjoyable collaboration experience.


Industrial Engineering | Manufacturing



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