System engineering the engineering education process: a gap analysis

Brodie, Ian and Brodie, Lyn (2013) System engineering the engineering education process: a gap analysis. In: 5th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE 2013): Closing the Gap between University and Industry, 8-9 Jul 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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In Australia, the relevance of current approaches to engineering education is being questioned. Implementation of best-practice education needs to be adaptable and responsive to change. However, the rate of change and active reform within universities tends to be slow. We propose that systems-based thinking offers a pathway to identify and help optimise the delivery of engineering education. The systems approach is a systematic and logical approach to decision making whilst facing complexity. This paper provides an assessment of eight generic steps that could be used in engineering education. Potential gaps that may hinder a systems approach are identified. The most significant gaps are: 1) a clear mechanism to craft learning and teaching objectives into measureable criteria is not apparent, and 2) we lack forecasting models to predict the outcomes of education options on graduate attributes as well as to quantify the performance indicators needed to compare these options.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 02:56
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education reform; systems engineering; curricula delivery; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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