Using graduate attributes as a curriculum design tool

Dowling, D. G. (2009) Using graduate attributes as a curriculum design tool. In: 37th European Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference SEFI 2009): Attracting Young People to Engineering , 1-4 Jul 2009, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The paper describes the development of a research-based graduate attribute policy and how it was used to review the curriculum of the Bachelor of Engineering program at the University of Southern Queensland. The policy was developed from a set of principles defined after an extensive review of the relevant literature. It includes processes that are used, firstly, to develop a set of industry authenticated graduate attributes for a program and then to design the curriculum using those attributes. Finally, the policy defines processes that ensure that the graduate attributes are embedded and assessed in the courses in the program.
At least two sets of graduate attributes are defined for each program. Firstly, a set of attribute statements is developed so that they are appropriate for all of the graduates of the program. Secondly, a set of graduate attributes is defined for each of the specialisations, or majors, that may be studied in the program. Thus, civil engineering students would be expected to acquire both the program attributes and the civil engineering attributes while completing their program.
The paper concludes by describing the author's experience in using the policy to re-develop the curriculum for the Bachelor of Engineering program in 2006.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © 2014 SEFI - Society for European Engineering Education. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009 08:34
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 04:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: graduate attributes; curriculum design; quality; stakeholder consultation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
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
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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