Portfolios in Project Courses

Each student creates a portfolio for the outcomes associated with a project course. Each portfolio should consist of the following components.
  1. A professional looking 3-ring binder. The binder should have a typed title. Sections in the binder should be separated with dividers with typed labels. Every detail of the portfolio should convey a strong sense of professionalism.
  2. A cover page. Includes the outcome and level demonstrated, the student's name, and the project course(s) from which the portfolio material is taken.
  3. Table of contents.
  4. Short biography. Between 1/2 and 1 page in length; include your goals after graduation.  The biography can be identical in each of your portfolios.
  5. Outcome evaluation. Include a description of the appropriate level, the complete set of indicators for the level, and your assessment of your performance on each indicator using the form available below. This form summarizes the information in the tabbed sections for each indicator for the outcome (described below). It includes your assessment of your performance on each indicator (exceeds expectations, meets expectations, or needs improvement) and has space for the course instructor's assessment.
  6. Tabbed sections for each indicator for the outcome:
    • Each section begins with a few paragraphs that briefly describe the material that is included in this section and explain how the material demonstrates your performance on the indicator. These paragraphs also provide an action plan for improvement in indicators for which your assessment is needs improvement.
    • Specific, concrete examples of  your performance on the indicator. These may include copies of pages from reports, copies of presentation slides, copies of your engineering notebook pages, and copies of other relevant material.

The Design, Problem Solving, Technical Competence, and Engineering Practice outcomes involve engineering decision making. If your work does not demonstrate that you personally carried out engineering analysis leading to engineering decisions, plan on not achieving the level.  You demonstrate analysis with real numerical data, real analysis of this data that leads to a real decision about alternative designs, and also similar data that is associated with an evaluation of your final design. Demonstrate that you have thought as an engineer, not a psychic.

Portfolio Contents

Each portfolio must include a form that describes the level, the complete set of indicators for the level, and your assessment of your performance on each indicator. This form includes your description of the evidence you are presenting to support your assessment and your assessment of your performance on each indicator (exceeds expectations, meets expectations, or needs improvement) and has space for the course instructor's assessment.

The following samples may help you understand the desired portfolio structure:

Level 2

Below are the form templates for Level 2 of the eight department outcomes. (You can use these templates as the starting point for your portfolios).

Level 3

Below are templates of these forms for Level 3 of the eight department outcomes.

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