Revitalisation of a 2nd level engineering and spatial science PBL course: almost there but...

Goh, Steven C. and Worden, John and Zhou, Hong and Clewett, John (2010) Revitalisation of a 2nd level engineering and spatial science PBL course: almost there but... 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

This paper provides an interim report on the 3rd year of a 4 year study of the effects of curriculum reform on student learning outcome and experience in a 2nd level engineering and surveying PBL course which offers on-campus and off-campus modes of study. This investigation was initiated in 2007 which provided a list of recommendations and lead to structural changes in the course; these were implemented in 2008. Additional student feedback was collected in 2008 to further refine the model, and a list of recommendations resulted in modifications in the course model that was implemented in 2009. Data collected and lessons learnt in 2009 have been used to fine-tune the course design in 2010. The progressive findings noted that even though curriculum reform has resulted in enhanced student learning, it gave rise to a negative student experience in 2009. It can be argued that though the course design implementation process overall has been regarded as successful, academics’ attitudes towards PBL, opportunities for training and orientation in PBL, and familiarity with the new course design were evidenced as weaknesses in the delivery of the course. This scenario also alludes to the dynamics of change management involving large teaching teams, in particular, difficulties relating to academics’ buy-in and adherence to collective decisions.


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Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Goh et al: 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: Mr Steven Goh
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 05:47
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; engineering curriculum; problem-based learning; first year experience
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9048

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