Managing student diversity in the Master of Engineering Practice program: by design

Dowling, D. G. (2011) Managing student diversity in the Master of Engineering Practice program: by design. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17 (1). pp. 27-37. ISSN 1324-5821


The Master of Engineering Practice is a University of Southern Queensland distance education program accredited by Engineers Australia that enables experienced engineering technologists to become professional engineers. This innovative program allows students to use their workplace learning to demonstrate their achievement of the objectives in up to half of the courses in the program. More than 170 students have been admitted to the program since it was first offered in 2004, and 22 have graduated. The paper describes the educational strategies used to develop the program and the flexible teaching and assessment approaches used to manage student diversity and facilitate student learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reviewed and revised version of paper originally presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2009), University of Adelaide, South Australia, 6-9 December 2009. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 12:03
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 02:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; workplace learning; engineering technologist; curriculum design; graduate outcomes; adult learning; portfolios
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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