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An impact of simulation labs on engineering students' academic performance: a critical Investigation

Naga Vamsi Krishna Jasti (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India)
Srinivas Kota (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India)
Venkataraman P.B. (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 19 June 2020

Issue publication date: 3 March 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the impact of simulation laboratory on continuing education engineering students’ academic performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The investigation consists of establishing the student learning levels then mapping the student learning levels (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation) through program outcomes with appropriate evaluation components. 270 continuing education students enrolled during six years were selected to be observed as part of this study. These students were divided into two subgroups, one with 135 students who were offered simulation lab (G2) and the other 135 students were not offered simulation lab (G1) in this investigation. Subsequently, a comparative analysis was carried out on these two groups to assess the student performance in multiple evaluation components with respect to student learning level and program outcome achievement.

Findings

It was identified that student performance in the application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation learning levels has improved for the group with simulation lab, and no change or minimal change was observed for the group without simulation lab. It was revealed that the simulation lab practice problems needs to be aligned with the theoretical concepts in the course to get a better performance from the students.

Originality/value

The study was conducted in one of the leading institutes with 270 students’ performance observed over a period of six years. It is the comprehensive work done on a complete program with data collated over a period of six years in multiple courses and multiple assessments.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Prof. G. Sundar, Director (Off-campus Programmes and Industry Engagement) and Prof. S. Gurunarayanan, Dean (Practice School Division) for their support and encouragement.

Citation

Jasti, N.V.K., Kota, S. and P.B., V. (2021), "An impact of simulation labs on engineering students' academic performance: a critical Investigation", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 103-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-03-2020-0108

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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