of developing the course and the self-standing
multimedia was directed by Raj Mutharasan in
collaboration with faculty colleagues, Wayne
Magee (Bioscience & Biotechnology, Drexel),
Margaret A. Wheatley (Chemical Engineering, Drexel),
Young Lee (Chemical Engineering, Drexel) and
non- Drexel colleagues Ken Foster, David Graves
(both of University of Pennsylvania) and Dan
Raichel (Cooper Union). The project was funded
by NSF supported Gateway Coalition (EEC-9109794 and EEC-9727413).
Evaluation measures through journals,
end-of-the course interviews and course evaluations
show that the students found the topic interesting
and challenging. A very large fraction of the students
said that it broadened their technical horizon.
In the same breadth, they also said that the biology
part was difficult. We discovered through further
interviews that the difficulty stemmed from their
method of learning were through worked-out-examples
rather than reading the subject matter. This pointed
to the well-known axiom that; learning by doing
is a very common approach used by a large fraction
of the engineering students.