Characterising the first year cohort knowledge

Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza M. and Samuelowicz, Katherine (2009). Characterising the first year cohort knowledge. In: Colin Kestell, Steven Grainger and John Cheung, Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Engineering the Curriculum. AAEE 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Adelaide, Australia, (557-562). 6-9 December 2009.

Author Kavanagh, Lydia
O'Moore, Liza M.
Samuelowicz, Katherine
Title of paper Characterising the first year cohort knowledge
Conference name AAEE 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 December 2009
Convener Colin Kestell
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Engineering the Curriculum
Place of Publication Adelaide, Australia
Publisher The School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Colin Kestell
Steven Grainger
John Cheung
Start page 557
End page 562
Total pages 6
Collection year 2010
Abstract/Summary Over the past 5 years, the incoming engineering cohort at The University of Queensland has changed significantly in terms of both size and competence. Concerns have been raised by academics teaching courses in the first year engineering curriculum, as it is apparent that there is a misalignment between the level of competency in maths and science that academics assume the students possess, the skills sets that students actually possess, and the skills required to successfully navigate through first year engineering. A pilot on-line competency test, encompassing chemistry, physics, mathematics, and thermodynamics was run at the beginning of first semester 2009. The results were used to inform first year lecturers of the cohort knowledge base, and underpin future work which will support ‘at-risk’ students. This paper details preliminary results, the feedback obtained from staff and students, and ongoing research.
Subjects 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
130103 Higher Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
E1
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Conference theme: Engineering the Curriculum

 
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