An investigation into the application of research strategies in the final-year undergraduate engineering and surveying projects

Cochrane, Sandra and Goh, Steven and Ku, Harry (2009) An investigation into the application of research strategies in the final-year undergraduate engineering and surveying projects. In: AaeE 2009: Engineering the Curriculum, 6-9 Dec 2009, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Abstract

Anecdotal evidence gathered from USQ’s capstone Research Project students and their supervisors suggests that many students have difficulty completing the literature review associated with the Project and fail to use the literature review to inform their Project’s technical components. This paper provides a preliminary report on a USQ Associate Fellowship project designed to better understand students’ experiences and propose further work designed to overcome difficulties discovered by the preliminary research. With reference to responses collated from a pre-test survey, an intervention (in the form of five workshops) was designed and then conducted with participants. On completion of the intervention, a post-test survey was administered. Data from these surveys and observations from the intervention will be analysed along with ‘pseudo’ assessment data being gathered half way through the Research Project via the Project Appreciation’s literature review and again via the actual Dissertation’s literature review.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. Copyright © Cochrane, Goh & Ku, 2009.
Depositing User: Ms Sandra Cochrane
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 05:04
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2014 04:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; research skills; information literacy; literature research; capstone projects; research projects
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080704 Information Retrieval and Web Search
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6414

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