DOI: 10.1177/03064190231220009 ISSN: 0306-4190

Active learning approach through integrative case studies and experimental activities applied in a postgrad course on structural dynamics

Diego Francisco Ledezma-Ramírez
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Education

Structural dynamics is an essential aspect of mechanical engineering and a key module in the master's program in automotive engineering at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Since this discipline requires a strong theoretical foundation coupled with significant practical application, it is essential to provide students with the necessary tools and content to gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject through engaging and applied case studies. This article presents the teaching methodology of a structural dynamics course, incorporating practical real-world cases that cover the most crucial components of the syllabus. Simulation tools and numerical analysis are applied through the course as support. Additionally, experimental activities are designed to complement the theoretical knowledge, ranging from simple student-conducted experiments to more complex laboratory activities involving specialized equipment and real-life field measurements. The discussion highlights how this approach is more engaging and practical for students, aiding their comprehension and application of theoretical concepts.

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