Project Examples

Analysis and Evaluation of Questionnaire Results for SLICE Program

Course: 22.361 - Applied Analysis, Mathematical Methods
Semester: Fall 2005, Fall 2006
Instructor: John McKelliget
Partner:SLICE Project

Fall 2005

Students in this course and S-L project applied statistics to the independent and dependent variables of the SLICE service-learning questionnaire for students to test relationships between variables and items on the survey. In this course and S-L project, students applied their knowledge of statistics to provide analysis and evaluation of questionnaire results. The first part of the survey inquired about general student demographics (independent variables). The second part of the survey inquired about student opinions relative to their S-L experience.

Students selected independent variables that may have affected dependent variable outcomes. Since student distributions require sample sizes of less than 30, a random sample size, n = 18, was selected from each independent variable. A regression analysis was conducted to test best fit of the data. Consideration was given to selection of data points to be considered for inclusion in the regression, and what order the regression was performed. Mathematical methods were applied in a mechanical engineering context linked with service learning for an integrated analysis. Topics covered in this S-L project included: matrices and the solution of systems of linear algebraic equations, regression analysis, and introduction to statistics and statistical inference.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project were for students to:

  • Determine whether one variable (dependent variable) is a function of another variable (independent variable)
  • Postulate linear relationships to test experimental data points from SLICE student surveys
  • Selected five independent variables postulated to have an effect on dependent variables
  • Conducted a linear regression for each set of data
  • Calculated 95% confidence intervals in each data case
  • Developed conclusions and produce a report expressing what was done, why this was done, and how conclusions were reached

Community objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Provided beginning analyses of SLICE data

Fall 2006

Students in this course and S-L project applied statistics to the independent and dependent variables of the SLICE service-learning questionnaire for potential industrial partners to test relationships between variables and items on a survey regarding the value of SLICE-related ABET criteria. In this course and S-L project, students applied their knowledge of statistics to provide analysis and evaluation of questionnaire results. Information was provided about the type and size of company and the gender of the respondent (independent variables). The survey itself required the company to rate the importance of eight student abilities/characteristics (relevant ABET criteria) to their hiring decision (dependent variables).

Students selected independent variables that may have affected dependent variable outcomes. Since student distributions require sample sizes of less than 30, a random sample size, n = 24, was selected from each independent variable. A regression analysis was conducted to test best fit of the data. Consideration was given to selection of data points to be considered for inclusion in the regression, and what order the regression was performed. Mathematical methods were applied in a mechanical engineering context linked with service learning for an integrated analysis. Topics covered in this S-L project included: matrices and the solution of systems of linear algebraic equations, regression analysis, and introduction to statistics and statistical inference.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project were for students to:

  • Determine whether one variable (dependent variable) is a function of another variable (independent variable)
  • Postulate linear relationships to test experimental data points from SLICE student surveys
  • Selected five independent variables postulated to have an effect on dependent variables
  • Conducted a linear regression for each set of data
  • Calculated 95% confidence intervals in each data case
  • Developed conclusions and produce a report expressing what was done, why this was done, and how conclusions were reached

Community objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Provided early analyses of engineering industry values relative to SLICE