Development and implementation of a postgraduate technology management program

Thorpe, David (2004) Development and implementation of a postgraduate technology management program. In: AaeE 2004: Creating Flexible Learning Environments, 27-29 Sep 2004, Toowoomba, Australia.


The Faculty of Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland is developing a Master of Technology Management (MTM) program that combines postgraduate business courses with specialised courses in engineering and technology management. The first students enrolled under this program commenced in 2003 and delivery of the first courses commenced in the first semester of 2004. Students have been attracted to these courses from fields
as diverse as business administration, project management and engineering technology as well as technology management. All are studying on a part time, distance education basis. Most courses developed for this program are new. This has presented a number of challenges for course developers, including enhancing their knowledge base, maintaining parity with current trends in the course topic area, and above all willingly devoting the time necessary to develop a good off campus postgraduate distance education product. A project management approach has been used to ensure that appropriate resources have been available and that development meets likely student expectations as well as time, cost and quality requirements. Online student interaction systems are being used to enhance learning, promote discussion and maintain student contact. Three courses have so far been written for this program and several others are in progress. While it is too early yet to evaluate how well these courses have met
student needs, early signs are encouraging. Development of all courses is expected to be completed by the end of 2006. By then, it is intended that a relevant, useful program of courses will be available to equip technological and
engineering managers to manage the technology of tomorrow.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: ©2004 Australasian Association for Engineering Education.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: management; technology; postgraduate education; project management; engineering managers; distance education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology

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