The role of the first year engineering experience (FYEE) course

Bullen, Frank and Knight, Daniel (2005) The role of the first year engineering experience (FYEE) course. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, 4 (2). pp. 219-223. ISSN 1446-2257

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Abstract

Many papers have been written on the value of the First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) as a tool to reduce attrition rates. In this paper, the authors define the FYEE as an experimental, design project, team-based course that provides a stimulating introduction to engineering for first year students. Too often however, the role and value of the FYEE has been considered without querying its place in the overall engineering programme or its influence on grades and graduate outcomes. These omissions are likely due to a lack of strategic planning or a combination of low funding, staffing and motivation. Given the increasing vigilance of accrediting bodies in reviewing the quantification of graduate outcomes during accreditation visits, the role of the FYEE must be better defined and any successes evaluated beyond student retention. In this article, the authors review the role of FYEE programmes in the overall engineering education framework.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: Ms Leslie Blay
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 11:43
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: tertiary students; student support; first year; student retention; mathematics
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7436

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