“Introducing the Guided Design Experience in the Engineering Education”
Habib-ur Rehman, Yousef Al-assaf, and Rached Dhaouadi
Abstract — The design skills in engineering students can be best achieved using an integrated learning approach which consists of structured, guided, and open-ended design experiences. This paper presents a description of the guided design experience in terms of main objectives, implementation mechanisms, and assessed outcomes as applied to courses in the area of control engineering at the undergraduate level in department of electrical engineering at the American University of Sharjah. The courses in the area of control engineering are developed to introduce guided design experience which is extremely critical for developing students confidence in their design skills and preparing them for the open ended design experience which they exercise in the elective courses and the capstone projects in the final year of study.