A problem based / experiential learning approach to teaching maintenance engineering

Al-Abdeli, Yasir and Bullen, Frank (2005) A problem based / experiential learning approach to teaching maintenance engineering. In: 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, 26-29 Sept 2005, Sydney, Australia.

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Good maintenance practice lies at the heart of a manufacturing industry being able to retain its
production capabilities and to ensure the integrity of increasingly complex systems. Consequences of system failure can exceed mere monetary penalties to include the well being of staff. From an engineering education perspective, rapid development in technology in
parallel with the evolution of traditional engineering disciplines, necessitates the utilization of
innovative ways to teach non-traditional or interdisciplinary topics like maintenance. Another
challenge in this context, is the ability to allocate time and physical resources in ever more condensed engineering curricula whilst making the learning process engaging for students.
This paper details a recent trial to teach a short undergraduate course on maintenance within a
mechanical engineering degree where students also look at some safety considerations associated with maintenance practice. A combined Problem Based Learning/Experiential
Learning approach applied to machine tool maintenance was adopted using resources readily available in most engineering schools.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 10:34
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering maintenance, engineering education, undergraduate success, Problem Based Learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8133

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