Rowan University's Sophomore Engineering Clinic provides students with an introduction to engineering design and formal training in technical communication. The course is team taught by faculty from the College of Communications and the College of Engineering. During the past two years, a very successful Sophomore Clinic module on economic design of a baseball stadium has been conducted. Students are presented with a list of possible stadium designs, in which the major parameters are cost and seating capacity, and are challenged to determine which best meets the team's needs. Working in teams of 3-4, they analyze data to quantify the effect of team payroll on won-loss record, which in turn affects ticket sales and merchandising revenues. They produce an optimized economic strategy for running the team, the cornerstone of which is the stadium selection. To support this project, engineering classroom instruction is devoted to introducing the design process (̃2 weeks), fundamentals of engineering economics (̃6 weeks) and basic statistics (1 week). Concurrently, communications faculty members train students in public speaking. At the end of the semester, students present their design in a simulated business meeting to engineering faculty, who portray the owners of the team, and communications faculty, who portray city officials. Students are thus challenged to convince two groups who may have very different agendas that their design is best. Consequently, the module provides a practical exercise in persuasive speaking that nicely complements the more familiar technical seminar.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2001|
|Event||2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States|
Duration: Jun 24 2001 → Jun 27 2001
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