Computers in Education Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, April-June 2004.
Using modeling and simulation projects to meet learning objectives in an upper-level course in system dynamics
Richard A. Layton

Modeling and simulation projects in an upper-level system-dynamics course are described with an emphasis on using these projects to support course learning objectives. Course-specific objectives include: modeling engineering systems using Lagrange’s equation; using the Dymola software package to solve the resulting nonlinear differential-algebraic equations; and validating simulation results. General educational objectives include: reproducing published work and comparing and interpreting the results; close reading for understanding; critical reading to identify unstated assumptions and incomplete development, and responding to such deficiencies; and developing a project topic, scope of work, and final report consistent with professional standards. The course and projects are described and examples of student work are given. The discussion concludes with a summary of student responses and possible drawbacks to the approach and of how project outcomes support the learning objectives.

©2004 American Society for Engineering Education.
Paper presented at the ASEE Annual Conference, Nashville, June 2003.

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