Engineering project management : Doing not teaching

Ziemski, Marcin and Whitty, Jon (2005). Engineering project management : Doing not teaching. In: Jerzy Moscinski and Marcin Maciazek, Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE'2005. International Conference on Engineering Education: Global Education Interlink, Gliwice, Poland, (596-601). 25-30 July 2005.


Author Ziemski, Marcin
Whitty, Jon
Title of paper Engineering project management : Doing not teaching
Conference name International Conference on Engineering Education: Global Education Interlink
Conference location Gliwice, Poland
Conference dates 25-30 July 2005
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE'2005
Place of Publication Gliwice, Poland
Publisher International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE)
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1562-3580
Editor Jerzy Moscinski
Marcin Maciazek
Volume 1
Start page 596
End page 601
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary At the University of Western Sydney during 2002—2004, a unit was delivered that introduced approximately 300 commencing students to engineering and industrial design. The classes were a mixture of engineering and industrial design students. The presenters were staff from of the School of Engineering and Industrial Design, staff from the university’s Learning Centre and professionals external to the university; one unit co-ordinator and multiple talking heads. This article describes the experiences of the School of Engineering and Industrial Design and the developments that resulted. Changes occurred in delivery and content over the three years. Changes were made to the manner of assessment, the topics delivered, and the practical content. Material was made available online via “WebCT” and the Library’s “E-Items”. Practical hands-on” tasks were included to give the students the experiential (“I do and I understand”) exposure to a variety of engineering and industrial design tasks such as the use of basic electronic instruments, a bridge building (with “paddle pop sticks”) and testing competition, and kite design and testing, among others. The “soft skills” desired in the workplace were introduced along with professional ethics. Working and presenting in groups was included. The experience over the three years led to mix results. From a pedagogical perspective, the School was moderately successful in mixing the two students types. Also explored are the motivation for combining the two, the effectiveness of the mentoring system introduced as part of a university wide effort to facilitate the transition to study at tertiary level.
Subjects 09 Engineering
0999 Other Engineering
Keyword Engineering - education
Common first year
Engineering design
Industrial design
Peer mentors
Q-Index Code E1

 
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