Challenges in offering engineering programs at a new campus

Thorpe, David and Swan, Taryn and Hannigan, Delphine (2009) Challenges in offering engineering programs at a new campus. In: AaeE 2009: Engineering the Curriculum, 6-9 Dec 2009, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

Engineering was first offered at the new Springfield campus of the University of Southern Queensland in 2007, with programs at both Associate Degree and Bachelor of Engineering Technology level, with a focus on Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Management. Several of the students come from low socio-economic backgrounds, with a number being the first in their family to study at University. Within this particular cohort there are a large percentage of mature aged students. The teaching of mathematics to these students has been problematic due to the fact that for many their last contact with mathematics was a considerable period of time before they commenced their University study. A number of the students also had a fairly low level of achievement in high school mathematics. In addition, the initial lack of laboratory facilities presented a range of challenges to developing vibrant engineering programs at the Springfield campus. In 2009 these challenges have now either been successfully overcome or are being actively addressed, with the next potential challenge being to further expand the engineering programs at the Campus.


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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.
Depositing User: Ms Taryn Swan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2010 09:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8356

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