Student performance in an online postgraduate course on fibre composites for civil engineers

Aravinthan, Thiru and Manalo, Allan (2011) Student performance in an online postgraduate course on fibre composites for civil engineers. In: AaeE 2011: Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics & Sustainability, 5-7 Dec 2011, Fremantle, Australia.

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This paper presents an evaluation on the performance of students from 2008-2011 in the Australia’s first online course on fibre composites for civil engineers. The
evaluation focused on the overall performance of the students to determine the effectiveness of the course content and delivery. In its 4 years of delivery, the course
gained significant popularity as seen by the increased in the number of enrolled students coming from different demographics. The introduction of innovative learning resources resulted in the increasing level of interest on the different study modules. There is also a
high satisfaction of the students to the course as shown by their active participation, quality of overall performance and feedback. It was found out that postgraduate and
senior undergraduate students performed better than students who have not taken the fundamentals of engineering design. Based on the results of this study, improvements are
planned to further enhance the course delivery and to ensure a more effective student’s learning.

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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. Paper 169.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 05:35
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: student performance; online postgraduate course; engineering; fibre composites; civil engineers; civil engineering
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)

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