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Materials Selection Course: a new perspective

Prof Jose Ygancio Pastor | Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Materials Selection Course: a new perspective

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During our years of teaching Materials Selection Courses, we have realized that most of the times the traditional teaching methodology with lectures and "practical classes" using computers and the CES-EduPack program aren�t very stimulating for our students. What is more, most of them do the minimum effort to pass the course without really learning about the matter. Last year, we decided to change completely our methodology in order to improve the learning (and grades) of our Materials Science Master students. The new procedure is based on a project-based learning process, with collaborative work and flipped classroom techniques. This practise tries to involve students deeply, since the beginning of the course, in the development of a competitive Coursework (complete development of a real case). So that, in this course the students have to work in randomly-selected three people teams to conduct a complex Materials Selection project, starting from scratch. The course starts with a general introduction to the methodology and objectives of the course and some basic ideas about Materials Selection. With the provided support material. students have to start to work by themselves to study and learn the main topics on Materials Selection. Later, they have an intensive crash-course on CES-EduPack. At that point, the students have the sound knowledge to start to work with real practical cases. In alternate classes, they have to work on their Coursework and on Practical Problems, which have to be solved step by step without CES-EduPack. These classes are complementary, since the resolution of the Problems base on real practical cases help students with the Coursework, and vice versa. As a result, we realized that our students had a higher level of involvement of than in previous years and developed more challenging and higher quality projects.