{AERO 302 Aerospace Engineering Laboratory I}

College: College of Engineering
Department: Aerospace Engineering
Type: W
Status: Approved

Proposer: Othon Rediniotis
Number: 5-1658
Email: Rediniotis@tamu.edu



We recommend that AERO 302 Aerospace Engineering Laboratory I be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (9/13 to 9/17). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 85%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 3250 individual plus 1000 collaborative
  4. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20


AERO 302 is a 2-credit course. It has been revised since it was first certified as W from including group writing exclusively to featuring substantially more individual writing. Besides doing written problem sets as homework, students write a double-blind evaluation of one peer’s report (which is graded); they also write 5 lab reports, three of them individually and 2 in 4-person groups to which they each contribute a section. Formative feedback is provided in three ways: (1) the five lab reports submitted throughout the semester are given detailed and timely feedback; (2) students resubmit the first individual report and first group report so that feedback from the instructor and from a peer can be used to revise; and (3) student groups are required to consult with instructor prior to submitting each lab report to work out technical problems with the data analyses as well as to review draft reports. Writing instruction consists of one dedicated lecture on writing and lectures that introduce the sections of formal lab reports, discuss issues of technical style and citations, and include detailed discussions of sample reports (good and bad) from previous semesters.