Top Difficulties in Solving OEP

Top cognitive difficulties

  • Applying first principles in the solution of problems.
  • Integrating knowledge from the entire course / more than one course.
  • Reflecting on the problem solving process.
  • Self-assessment of their problem solving skills.
  • Defining a problem in engineering terms.
  • Selecting a valid model for a problem (making appropriate assumptions).
  • ​Following the PSM in its entirety.

Top affective (behavioral) difficulties

  • Unwillingness to spend sufficient time on task.
  • Reluctance to write down ideas and create sketches while solving a problem.
  • Dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty (lack of confidence).
  • Working effectively in teams (coordinating meetings outside of class, dysfunctional teams, and agreeing on an approach to solve each problem).