Skills audit and competency assessment for engineering problem solving courses

Gibbings, Peter and Brodie, Lyn (2006) Skills audit and competency assessment for engineering problem solving courses. In: Engineering Education 2006 (EE2006), 24-26 July 2006, Liverpool, UK.


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This paper describes a strategy for auditing existing skill levels, and assessing achievement of course objectives, by students enrolled in Engineering Problem Based Learning (PBL) courses.
Our method involves initial auditing of existing skills and competence of each student, and continual assessment to monitor progress. The initial skill assessment will facilitate the effective allocation of students with different levels of skill in various discipline areas, into well balanced teams. This balance will facilitate effective mentoring within the teams and, because improvement by individuals and the team collectively will be formally assessed, mentoring within the teams will be encouraged.

The formal assessment of objectives will be tailored to individual student’s existing skill levels. The emphasis will be on advancement of skills and competence rather than simply achieving a minimum standard. This novel strategy will provide the flexibility for equitable assessment of students with different initial skill and competency levels; particularly relevant to students studying in the distance mode who may have considerable professional experience and advanced skills and competence.

By tracking progress towards the achievement of objectives, students can be provided with an individual portfolio of achievements through the suite of PBL courses.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:00
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem Based Learning; distance education; student diversity; skill assessment; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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