Teaching engineering management in a flexible learning environment

Fulcher, Robert (2004) Teaching engineering management in a flexible learning environment. In: AaeE 2004: Creating Flexible Learning Environments, 27-29 Sept 2004 , Toowoomba, Australia.


The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has a very distinctive educational offering especially with respect to learning modes. Along with the traditional on campus mode it has external and on line modes of learning. The Faculty of Engineering and Surveying mirrors these offerings. Furthermore its zero departmental structure allows significant cross teaching within its four disciplines of agricultural, civil and environmental (ACE), electrical, electronic and computer (EEC), mechanical and mechatronic (MM) and surveying and land information (SLI). No more is this evident than in the teaching of engineering management and communication studies. According to the Institution of Engineers Australia guidelines 10% of all programs must cover this area of study. This paper focuses specifically on the course ENG3003 Engineering Management. It describes how this course began and continues to evolve as well as the factors that have influenced this evolution. A short survey of different University engineering programs with respect to their management and communication content is made. USQ programs are placed at the higher end of the survey. Speculation is made on ENG3003's future. Being created in and for a flexible learning environment allows this course to develop many possible modes of offering depending on student demand as well as adding supplementary material to incorporate international students. Further development for a course work masters offering of an advanced engineering management course is being considered. The engineering profession has learnt that being flexible and adapting to change is the key to success in the 21st century and ENG3003 is no exception

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: ©2004 Australasian Association for Engineering Education.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 02:10
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering management; professional practice; flexible learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350715 Quality management
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8162

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