Title: A framework for classifying disassemble/analyse/assemble activities in engineering design education

Authors: Madara M. Ogot, Gul E. Okudan, Timothy W. Simpson, John S. Lamancusa

Addresses: University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. ' The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. ' The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. ' The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Abstract: Disassemble/analyse/assemble (DAA) activities of an artifact pervade many undergraduate engineering courses in the USA as they provide useful |hands-on| learning components. DAA activities are central to product dissection and reverse engineering activities used by many engineering practitioners as part of their industry|s benchmarking and competitive analysis processes. Although the two terms are used interchangeably in the literature and as part of course titles, we argue that they are different activities based on their roles, objectives and outcomes when used in engineering education. This paper presents a classification framework for DAA activities in engineering education that differentiates between product dissection and reverse engineering in the context of the desired educational goals. Relevant examples from existing classes and the literature are presented, and implementation challenges are discussed.

Keywords: active learning; assembly; disassembly; product dissection; reverse engineering; engineering design; design education; undergraduate engineering; engineering courses; engineering education.

DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2008.020852

Journal of Design Research, 2008 Vol.7 No.2, pp.120 - 135

Available online: 17 Oct 2008 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article