Development of a series of design build projects - Preparing students for industrial placement

G. A. Thomson*

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Abstract

Many modern engineering degree programmes make use of active learning often built around a variety of problem and project based learning activities. Structuring these to ensure a progression of both technical and professional competencies is key, with the emphasis often being focussed around the scientific and technical competencies to the detriment of the generic skills needed in industry. This paper describes the creation and evolution of a series of major group projects over the first two years of Bachelors level degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Product Design aimed at developing students to a point where they are both confident enough and competent enough to undertake a year in industry at the end of their second year. Mapping both the technical and personal qualities of a successful placement student and the typical entry competencies of our students, a series of requirements were developed and these structured into a coherent programme of project modules spanning two years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
PublisherSociété Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Pages339-346
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017
Event45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017 - Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017
CountryPortugal
CityAngra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores
Period18/09/1721/09/17

Keywords

  • Employability
  • Industrial placement
  • Project based learning
  • Skills

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    Thomson, G. A. (2017). Development of a series of design build projects - Preparing students for industrial placement. In Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017 (pp. 339-346). Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs.