Paul M. Griffin is Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. His Ph.D. is in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. His research and teaching interests are in manufacturing, logistics and economic decision analysis.
The Impact of Group Size and Project Duration on Capstone Design
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
2004 American Society for Engineering Education
Journal of Engineering Education
Volume 93, Issue 3, pages 185–193, July 2004
How to Cite
Griffin, P. M., Griffin, S. O. and Llewellyn, D. C. (2004), The Impact of Group Size and Project Duration on Capstone Design. Journal of Engineering Education, 93: 185–193. doi: 10.1002/j.2168-9830.2004.tb00805.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
- capstone design;
- group size;
- course duration
This paper discusses how group size and project duration impact capstone design in terms of learning objectives for the student, value to industry sponsors, and faculty resources. The analysis is based on survey results and an external faculty evaluation comparing a one-semester offering with a two-semester offering of capstone design in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, we examine whether the stated learning objectives (technical writing skills, presentation skills, and technical analysis) for the course provide value to sponsors. Our findings suggest that the one-semester offering was preferred by both students and industry sponsors and required fewer resources. We also found that although students prefer smaller group sizes, sponsors do not have a definitive preference. Finally, we found that although technical analysis is significantly correlated with dollar value to the sponsor, technical writing skills and presentation skills were not.