Biodiesel fuel production and use has been used as the focal point of a semester-long, project-based introductory engineering course at Rowan University. Students worked in teams to conduct a series of laboratory investigations through which they explored the engineering aspects of biodiesel production and purification, properties characterization, quality control and performance testing. The experiments were designed to be cost-effective and transferrable. The laboratory experiments were conducted within the How People Learn framework. An assessment instrument was used as a pre- and post-evaluation method to assess learning outcomes. Students' gained significantly in learning outcomes areas related to the application of mathematics, science and engineering principles; designing and conducting experiments; analyzing and interpreting experimental data, and solving engineering problems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)