Processes in distilling course capability profiles

Campbell, Duncan A., Bunker, Jonathan M., Hoffman, Keith P., & Iyer, R. Mahalinga (2004) Processes in distilling course capability profiles. In Snook, Chris & Thorpe, David (Eds.) 15th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education and the 10th Australasian Women in Engineering Forum, 27-29 September, Toowoomba.


This paper describes the evolutionary processes employed to profile the development of student capabilities as they are progressively developed within the Bachelors of Engineering (Civil, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical) courses at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The outcomes of these processes informed the formulation of new course objectives, formerly a set of value-centred principles, to ones of a student centred framework. The framework’s graduate capability statements were developed in a manner encompassing Engineers Australia’s requirements, and QUT and Faculty teaching and learning objectives, in consultation with academic staff from within and beyond the disciplines. They relate discipline specific knowledge and skills, critical, creative and analytical thinking abilities, abilities to communicate, life long learning capacity, independent and collaborative working abilities, responsible professional practice, and self-reliance and leadership capabilities. The three engineering degree courses were examined on a unit-by-unit basis in terms of developing students’ graduate capabilities, both discipline specific and generic, and linking these against the framework’s objectives. This structure allows units to be refined and better integrated to improve the course’s development of student graduate capabilities, and facilitates an investigation into elements of the course that could be enhanced, or better achieved, through an enhanced work integrated learning program.

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ID Code: 2398
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: graduate capabilities, engineering education, course curriculum, workplace learning, learning outcomes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > OTHER ENGINEERING (099900) > Engineering not elsewhere classified (099999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016 02:07

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