An extended CDIO Syllabus framework with preparatory engineering proficiencies

Campbell, Duncan, Dawes, Les, Bech, Hilary, Wallace, Sam, Reidsema, Carl and Dansie, Brenton (2009). An extended CDIO Syllabus framework with preparatory engineering proficiencies. In: Proceedings of the 5th International CDIO Conference. 5th International CDIO Conference, Singapore, (). 7 - 10 June 2009.

Author Campbell, Duncan
Dawes, Les
Bech, Hilary
Wallace, Sam
Reidsema, Carl
Dansie, Brenton
Title of paper An extended CDIO Syllabus framework with preparatory engineering proficiencies
Conference name 5th International CDIO Conference
Conference location Singapore
Conference dates 7 - 10 June 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 5th International CDIO Conference
Place of Publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher CDIO
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The CDIO Initiative has been globally recognised as an enabler for engineering education reform. With the CDIO process, the CDIO Standards and the CDIO Syllabus, many scholarly contributions have been made around cultural change, curriculum reform and learning environments. In the Australasian region, reform is gaining significant momentum within the engineering education community, the profession, and higher education institutions. This paper presents the CDIO Syllabus cast into the Australian context by mapping it to the Engineers Australia Graduate Attributes, the Washington Accord Graduate Attributes and the Queensland University of Technology Graduate Capabilities. Furthermore, in recognition that many secondary schools and technical training institutions offer introductory engineering technology subjects, this paper presents an extended self-rating framework suited for recognising developing levels of proficiency at a preparatory level. The framework is consistent with conventional application to undergraduate programs and professional practice, but adapted for the preparatory context. As with the original CDIO framework with proficiency levels, this extended framework is informed by Bloom’s Educational Objectives. A proficiency evaluation of Queensland Study Authority’s Engineering Technology senior syllabus is demonstrated indicating proficiency levels embedded within this secondary school subject within a preparatory scope. Through this extended CDIO framework, students and faculty have greater awareness and access to tools to promote (i) student engagement in their own graduate capability development, (ii) faculty engagement in course and program design, through greater transparency and utility of the continuum of graduate capability development with associate levels of proficiency, and the context in which they exist in terms of pre-tertiary engineering studies; and (iii) course maintenance and quality audit methodology for the purpose of continuous improvement processes and program accreditation.
Keyword CDIO Syllabus
Graduate attributes
Learning outcomes
Integrated curriculum
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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