Developing multi-discipline design skills in undergraduates

Bullen, Frank and Sargison, Jane and McCulloch, John (2004) Developing multi-discipline design skills in undergraduates. In: American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition (ASEE 2004): Engineering Education Reaches New Heights , 20-23 Jun 2004, Salt Lake City, UT. United States.


The importance of incorporating design skills in undergraduate engineering programs is widely recognized. Demonstrating that students have been imbued with those skills is however, often poorly done with design not being well developed throughout a degree program. The paper outlines the processes adopted at the University of Tasmania to develop design skills and how the attainment of those skills is evaluated. A case study involving the development and refinement of a new multi-disciplinary design unit Experimental Design and Analysis is provided as an example of how to achieve good design learning outcomes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 11:06
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 02:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: design processes; design skills; engineering programs; problem formulation; knowledge acquisition; learning systems; problem solving; professional aspects; program documentation; students; technical writing
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120402 Engineering Design Knowledge
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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