Get set for success: applications for engineering and applied science students

Wilkes, Janelle and Burton, Lorelle J. (2015) Get set for success: applications for engineering and applied science students. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23 (1). pp. 94-105.


With increased participation in higher education, student diversity has increased, and many students currently enrolled in applied science and engineering degrees commence their studies without the assumed knowledge. Universities have a duty of care to ensure students successfully transition into the higher education learning context. The Get Set for Success quiz was developed across five Australian institutions to enable commencing first year engineering students to self-test their readiness to study their chosen degree. The quiz comprises two parts. Part 1 measures cognitive abilities (i.e., maths, physics and chemistry) and Part 2 measures non-cognitive factors (i.e., approaches to learning and motivations for study). Both parts have been shown to predict academic success. Individualised feedback was provided to 97 students enrolled in engineering technology and applied science courses at the University of New England, a regional Australian university, that directed students to both on campus and online support to help them develop an individual study plan to address knowledge and skills gaps. This approach helps to empower students to begin their academic journey with confidence – it enables them to reflect on their approaches to learning and to seek support to address any identified gaps. This paper reports on the application of the Get Set for Success quiz to both engineering and applied science students and results show that the quiz is perceived to be a valuable learning tool for commencing students.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 00:18
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2016 23:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: assumed knowledge; diversity; mathematics; biology; hysics; chemistry
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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