Churches, Alex and Green, Cliff and Field, Bruce and Wightley, Allan and Green, Lance and van de Loo, Paul and Burvill, Colin and Smith, Warren and Snook, Chris (2007) Creating tomorrow's engineering designers. In: ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education, 9-12 July, 2007, Sydney, Australia.
In this paper, we identify serious shortcomings in the quality of current mechanical-engineering graduates from Australian universities. As a result, graduates exhibit a lack of understanding of: the basic sciences; engineering in the real world; and engineering professionalism. Whilst minor improvement can be achieved within current structures, we are convinced that only major restructuring, involving additional course length, changes in teaching methods, and renewed emphasis on professionalism in engineering, exemplified through the creative design procedure, can begin the transformation from student towards what we have chosen to describe as a `compleat engineer'.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Made live 9/1/2008 when no response recvd to copyright permission inquiry.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||mechanical enginerring students; mechanical engineering graduates; Australia|
|Subjects:||290000 Engineering and Technology > 290500 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering > 290501 Mechanical Engineering|
|Depositing User:||Mr Chris Snook|
|Date Deposited:||09 Jan 2008 05:58|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:56|
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