A case study on the revitalisation of a 2nd level engineering and spatial science PBL course

Goh, Steven and Worden, John and Zhou, Hong and Cubero, Samuel (2009) A case study on the revitalisation of a 2nd level engineering and spatial science PBL course. In: AaeE 2009: Engineering the Curriculum, 6-9 Dec 2009, Adelaide, South Australia.

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This paper provides an interim report on a 4 year study of the effects of curriculum reform on student learning outcome and experience in a 2nd level engineering PBL course which offers on-campus and off-campus modes of study. The initial investigation of the student feedback from 2007 provided a list of recommendations and lead to structural changes in the course in 2008. A new curriculum model resulted in changes in course design and delivery strategies; these were implemented in 2008. Additional student feedback was collected in 2008 to further refine the model, and a list of recommendations resulted in modifications in the course model to be implemented in
2009. The progressive findings noted that even though curriculum reform has resulted in enhanced student learning, it gave rise to a more negative student experience in general. Though the implementation process was regarded as successful, lack of staff training and
familiarity with the new model was a weakness in the delivery of the course.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper no : 130
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2010 03:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem based learning; engineering education; first year engineering
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
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090999 Geomatic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6585

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