MATSCIE 493 - Special Topics
Section: 033
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Materials Science Engineering (MATSCIE)
Department: CoE Materials Science and Engineering
1 - 16 (Non-LSA credit).
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

"In order to prepare for a life of productive endeavor in the 21st century, undergraduates at the University of Michigan must learn problem solving across disciplines and launch inquiries in uncharted territories of knowledge and practice. They must examine the assumptions that inhere in a disciplinary perspective and integrate material outside of patterns they are taught. They must locate issues within larger frameworks of thought, negotiate multiple perspectives, and develop habits of critical questioning and creative problem solving. In addition, they must learn how to find their way through disconnected bodies of information and perspectives and create their own path to a coherent education."

— Multidisciplinary Learning and Team Teaching Initiative.

The course will operate as a multidisciplinary, hands-on think-tank where participants will pool their knowledge and skill sets to work together to produce environmentally sound and socially responsible projects. Public exhibition of these funded projects will provide an opportunity for participants to present their work to a wider audience and to review their achievements. Projects will make use of the resources available to all participating university units, such as: parametric modeling, digital fabrication, networked sensors, micro-controller programming and energy harvesting using solar cells and nanostructured materials. The course is a collaborative endeavor led by three professors who will advise and contribute to all team projects. Teams will make use of visiting lecturers, specialists, site visits and relevant stakeholder organizations. The course is limited to 24 junior and senior undergraduates (8 from each unit).

The course will meet in Design Lab 1 (DL1) in the Duderstadt Center. Over the course of the semester participants will need to access other University facilities and spaces as required. However, DL1 will serve as the primary location for demonstrations, discussions, presentations and critiques. Course participants are required to work in multidisciplinary teams. At the start of the semester, participants will work in different teams each week. This will give everyone the opportunity of working with each other. This period of the semester will focus on exposure to problem and constraint definition, structured brainstorming and skill building. Final teams will be assigned around week 6 and the rest of the semester will concentrate on the production of a fully realized, funded project. This team project will be presented publicly, together with documentation and a written project report at the end of the semester.

Course Objectives
Course participants will have ample opportunity to gain experience with using diverse tools and processes. Where possible, learning will make use of practical problem solving through experimentation supported by demonstration and instruction. What is learned in the classroom will be synthesized with existing knowledge and applied in applications that would otherwise be beyond the scope of any single course participant. All participants should expect to be challenged beyond their usual intellectual and disciplinary boundaries. Additionally, participants will have to negotiate and manage difference between the cultures of university units in order to contribute to effective teams. Course participants will be required to make judgments about the value of ideas, materials and the contributions of their peers.

MATSCIE 493 - Special Topics
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