Document Type

Student Research Paper


Summer 2022

Academic Department

Engineering and Physics

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Mark Brinton


Anxiety and lack of belonging are two major obstacles college students face. These obstacles are more likely to impact students in demanding degree programs like engineering, predominantly underrepresented students. Mastery-based-learning (MBL) could lower students’ anxiety levels and increase their sense of belonging in the classroom. In MBL course structure, instructors identify key skills and students have several attempts to demonstrate mastery of these skill. Students are not required to attempt the next skill until they are proficient in the previous. To demonstrate the impacts of MBL, a survey will be given to students throughout the semester to gage their anxiety and belonging. These surveys will be distributed during the Fall 2022 among students taking the traditional course and in subsequent semesters after the course has transitioned to MBL. In preparation for this study, we identified key skills, developed a new grading structure, and created a schedule for the course.


Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Project (SCARP); EGR 210 Circuit Analysis

Included in

Engineering Commons



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