Creating tomorrow's engineering designers

Churches, Alex and Green, Cliff and Field, Bruce and Wightley, Allan and Green, Lance and van de Loo, Paul and Burvill, Colin and Smith, Warren and Snook, Chris (2007) Creating tomorrow's engineering designers. In: ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education, 9-12 July, 2007, Sydney, Australia.


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In this paper, we identify serious shortcomings in the quality of current mechanical-engineering graduates from Australian universities. As a result, graduates exhibit a lack of understanding of: the basic sciences; engineering in the real world; and engineering professionalism. Whilst minor improvement can be achieved within current structures, we are convinced that only major restructuring, involving additional course length, changes in teaching methods, and renewed emphasis on professionalism in engineering, exemplified through the creative design procedure, can begin the transformation from student towards what we have chosen to describe as a `compleat engineer'.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Made live 9/1/2008 when no response recvd to copyright permission inquiry.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2008 05:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: mechanical enginerring students; mechanical engineering graduates; Australia
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy

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