Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2017 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings



Conference Name

2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, June 24-28, 2017


A four-step laboratory manual revision process was developed in this study based upon a technical writing process for supporting project-based laboratory classes. The audience and the objectives of this type of laboratory manuals are quite different from those of traditional, descriptive laboratory classes. The project-based laboratory manual has to serve as both an operational handbook and a theoretical textbook. The proposed four-step manual revision process was implemented in the fall 2016 semester in a 3-credit, senior elective class which was built upon a commercially-rated finite element analysis software package. Student surveys and evaluations showed that the revision process greatly increased student engagement in the class and, as a result, increased student learning effectiveness.


© 2017 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Columbus, Ohio, June 24-28, 2017.

Original Publication Citation

Hou, G., Zhong, F., & Ayala, O. M. (2017). Manual revision process for project-based laboratory instruction. Paper presented at the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.


0000-0002-7352-1099 (Hou), 0000-0003-0604-8606 (Ayala)