Developing a project based learning assignment for geotechnical engineering

Shiau, Jim and Buttling, Stephen and Sams, Mathew (2015) Developing a project based learning assignment for geotechnical engineering. Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 20 (18). pp. 10113-10121.

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The current methods of engineering education are under significant pressure to reform. Increasing complaints from industry regarding graduates being inadequately prepared, high failure rates among most engineering programs, and results from a number of engineering education research studies showing problems with traditional teaching methods; this is forcing a push towards different approaches. In an undergraduate geotechnical engineering course at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), a project-based learning (PBL) assignment has been developed and used for the past three years. It is for slope stability and bearing capacity problems revolving around a real life building collapse in Shanghai in 2009. During this assignment, students are tasked with determining the cause of collapse using computer software, and presenting it in a technical report. Feedback from students has been positive, and samples of this have been provided. This paper describes the development of this assignment, with both the advantages and the challenges.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 03:47
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: geotechnical; education; project-based learning; slope stability; bearing capacity
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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