Improving student learning in distance-based graduate programs: A residency live case course Conference Paper uri icon


  • A case study of a real world project-based course designed for Master of Science in Industrial Distribution (MSID) program at XXXX University is presented. It primarily focuses on a weeklong residency course offered as a part of fall semester course work for the second year students. During the week, students work on a company-sponsored real world project. At the end of the week, students present their analysis and results to faculty and industry executives based on which their course performance is evaluated. In the paper, we first briefly describe the objectives, learning outcomes, and schedule of the course. Next, we present the case study on an animal health care distribution firm, which was used for 2011 class. The case study provides the problem statement, analysis methodologies, and important results. The case study firm has already implemented a part of students' recommendations. The paper also presents a survey of the residency class over the past four years with respect to its contribution to student learning. Our results show that project-based course enhances student learning far more than the traditional topic based learning. 2012 American Society for Engineering Education.

published proceedings

  • ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Nepal, B. P., Capar, I., & Lawrence, B.

complete list of authors

  • Nepal, BP||Capar, I||Lawrence, B

publication date

  • January 2012