An outcome based approach for applied mechanics courses using bloom's taxonomy and ABET criteria

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There has been a gradual shift from a content-centered to an outcome-based approach for more effective teaching and learning, especially in engineering courses. Employers have been increasingly demanding engineering graduates possessing an optimal blend of technical (discipline-oriented) and non-technical or soft skills. This paper presents a unique pedagogical approach of blending Bloom's taxonomy and ABET criteria to develop student outcomes and to conduct a course in an activity-based environment. A mapping has been developed to correlate Bloom's taxonomy levels and ABET student outcomes. A mid-level course in the area of Applied Mechanics (Mechanics of Solids) is presented as a case study. Instructional strategy and implementation in the course is discussed through various activities, involving some key principles of solid mechanics. Integration of ABET criteria and Bloom's taxonomy, correlation matrix for the two philosophies, and improved course delivery. Effectiveness of the proposed innovative approach was evaluated through a students' survey. The methodology was well received, and the survey results were very encouraging. This integrated strategy can be easily adopted for other courses in the Applied Mechanics and Design stream, and for other engineering and science courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
EditorsThomas Klinger, Christian Kollmitzer, Andreas Pester
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184784
Publication statusPublished - Apr 21 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 21 2021Apr 23 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


Conference2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021


  • ABET student outcomes
  • Bloom's taxonomy
  • Cognitive skills
  • Outcome-based pedagogy
  • Psychomotor skills
  • Solid mechanics course

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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