Philosophy of ABC (Artifact Based Curriculum) Approach:

In the fall of 1990 a course called "Mechanical Dissection (ME99)" was initiated at Stanford University for freshmen and sophomore level undergraduate engineering students to help them become familiar with the machines and mechanisms that surround them. The course is built around a series of mechanical dissection exercises, where dissection referes to the disassembling and reassembling of a mechanical artifact. Students participate, both individually and in groups in these in-depth dissection exercises so that "experience (may be) the mother of knowledge" (after Cervantes).

The first two papers listed below describe in more detail the philosophy, learning objectives and implementation of the ME99 course. The next three papers discuss the dissection approach to introducing freshman students to engineering in the context of other approaches.


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