Which version art thou? Configuration management in engineering education

Jokic, Michael D. and Wandel, Andrew P. and Kist, Alexander A. (2010) Which version art thou? Configuration management in engineering education. In: AaeE 2010: Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Configuration management is a set of principles and practices used in engineering to track the history of changes made to project artefacts and products. In this paper we outline our vision for incorporating the industry practices and principles of configuration management in the University engineering environment. We discuss how revision control software tools will mitigate the “sorry, that was the wrong version” issues in undergraduate courses, support the management and quality assurance of postgraduate and staff research projects, and foster collaboration in University projects at all levels. We also see the software tools being used to help students and staff to identify the relative effort of team members in undergraduate projects for assessment purposes. An implementation program is proposed, which consists of a series of projects, leading to the establishment of a University-wide capability and beginning with a test and evaluation exercise. Our pilot project will test the open-source tools and our integration strategies via a second-year cohort consisting of on-campus and distance education students. We discuss the importance of the pilot project, our strategies for examining the expected improvement in student experiences, and the project time-frames. The implementation program will ultimately provide students with industry-relevant knowledge and skills, and staff with effective capabilities to support research projects and project-based courses.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 M.D. Jokic, A.P. Wandel and A.A. Kist: The authors assign to AaeE and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to AaeE to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on CD-ROM or USB, and in printed form within the AaeE 2010 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Depositing User: Dr Michael Jokic
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 23:55
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: configuration management; version control; engineering education; team-based projects
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8989

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