Category: 2014
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This Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) project proposes that what is known/discoverable about indigenous engineering knowledge and practices must be integrated into engineering curricula. This is an important aspect of ensuring that engineering as a profession responds competently to increasing demands for socially and environmentally responsible activity across all aspects of engineering activity. 

For the tertiary education sector involved with technical or scientific training, a research framework capable of assessing the affordances of laboratory venues is an important aid during the planning, designing and evaluating stages of face-to-face and online (or cyber) environments that facilitate student experimentation. Providing quality experimental learning venues has been identified as one of the distance-education providers’ greatest challenges. 

The purpose of this study was to make use of the latest knowledge in human cognition to improve the mathematics outcomes of engineering students.  In particular it makes use of two concepts, working memory limitation and practice, to improve mathematics outcomes. 

The purpose of this research was to monitor how first year engineering students respond to, use and benefit from the MeLTS web-based audience response system and compare these findings to other methods of engagement. 

This paper considers how risks associated with Aboriginal Culture and Heritage is currently being considered in industry in the context of government, private and mining sector engineering project planning and implementation, and the implications for engineering education.  

This  study  aims  to  explore  the  impact  of  Taiwanese  pre-service  teachers’  knowledge,  values, subjective  norms,  perceived  behavioral  controls,  and  attitudes  toward  interdisciplinary  STEM teaching,  and  the  impact  of  said  characteristics  on  the  behavioral  intentions  of  interdisciplinary STEM teaching. 

In this paper, we report on a summer semester project that gave final year engineering and multi-media students the task to “make mathematics relevant” to first year students. The collaboration that ensued across disciplines resulted in two high quality animated videos, one on the use of mathematics in building construction and the other on improving the aerodynamical properties of a vehicle. In this paper, we provide an initial investigation into the interdisciplinary collaboration between the final year students who produced the resources, from the point of view of the engineering students. We want to closely follow student views to understand better what contribution students can make to the production of resources for first years.  

In particular, we answer the two research questions 

  1. How did the engineering students approach their brief and how did they collaborate?
  2. How did their thoughts evolve following interaction with the multi-media students and how did they collaborate with the multi-media students? 

This paper describes a major national project completed in June 2014 by the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, and funded directly by government.  It aimed to improve industry engagement in Australian formative professional engineering degrees.  The working hypothesis was that student retention and graduation rates, and graduates’ employability could be increased by stronger industry engagement for all students, particularly in the early years of engineering degree programs.   

Our  aim  in  this  study  was  to  gain  a  deeper  understanding  of  the  influential  factors  that  could  be addressed within a university’s engineering school to encourage and improve the retention of women in engineering pathways. 

This study sought to ascertain students’ satisfaction with a 2nd year civil engineering course that included a number of embedded case study presentations by experienced engineering professionals serving as guest lecturers. The survey also sought to identify whether students felt they were getting sufficient exposure to authentic professional practice experiences through project-based learning, case studies, guest lecturers, site visits, etc. in the early part of their engineering program. The primary goal of the study was to identify the extent of deficiency in exposure to professional practice in the early years of the engineering program and the resulting diminished benefits that such exposure could have derived in terms of learning engagement, discipline contextualisation and career purpose.