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Student opportunities in materials design and manufacture: Introducing a new manufacturing with composites course

Hall, W. and Palmer, S. 2015, Student opportunities in materials design and manufacture: Introducing a new manufacturing with composites course, Journal of materials education, vol. 37, no. 3-4, pp. 155-168.

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Title Student opportunities in materials design and manufacture: Introducing a new manufacturing with composites course
Author(s) Hall, W.
Palmer, S.ORCID iD for Palmer, S. orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Journal name Journal of materials education
Volume number 37
Issue number 3-4
Start page 155
End page 168
Total pages 14
Publisher International Council on Materials Education
Place of publication University Park, Penn.
Publication date 2015-09-01
ISSN 0738-7989
Keyword(s) composite materials
engineering education
evaluation
Summary The shift towards strong and lightweight fibre reinforced polymer-matrix composites for many high performance applications has resulted in an increasing need to expose students to composite design and manufacture courses in the undergraduate curriculum. In contrast, student exposure to composite materials is often still limited to a topic within a materials or manufacturing related course (unit). This paper presents the initial offering of a composite materials elective at Griffith University in Australia. The course also addresses environmental concerns through the inclusion of natural fibre composites. An evaluation of student perceptions is considered from Griffith’s Student Experience of Course (SEC) and separate Student Experience of Teaching (SET) surveys. These evaluations demonstrate the high level of student engagement with the course, but also highlighted areas for improvement, including the need to incorporate even more hands-on practical work. Interestingly, the inclusion of natural fibre composites and the related discussion surrounding environmental and societal issues are not focused on in student feedback.
Language eng
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
091503 Engineering Practice
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, International Council on Materials Education
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