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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 11:05am - 11:20am
| 4D | A Template for Change - Demonstrating how reforms in engineering education can be delivered successfully

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Many employers’ organisations, industry practitioners and academics recognise that engineering education is in need of reform to meet the ever increasing complexities and challenges of today’s world. Teaching engineering science in specialist swim lanes - isolated from the essential professional skills of the “real” world is outmoded and places engineers at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for board room appointments against other professions. Employers continue to be frustrated at the effort required to convert a new graduate into a “fit for purpose” professional engineer. Industry led professional development, post-graduation, can be a mixed bag, largely dependent on the company and the personalities involved. 
Like golf, bad habits can develop at an early stage in a profession and may take many years to correct. 
This paper demonstrates that it is possible to kick start professional life with a solid, well rounded, multidisciplinary, top down, system wide, foundation – particularly when its accompanied by some early exposure to leadership and best practice in major projects. This “application led” “systems” approach offers many benefits but it does mean a distinct change in the way engineering education is delivered. Such change is notoriously difficult * but this programme shows that the necessary reforms can be achieved in spite of some very real challenges - producing engineers who can lead and integrate as well as engineer. 
*Achieving Excellence in Engineering Education: The Ingredients of Successful Change, The Royal Academy of Engineering 2012)


Tuesday December 8, 2015 11:05am - 11:20am
Bells Room RACV Torquay map C5

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