Teaching motor racing engineering through real-life projects: benefits and challenges

Kosse, Vladis & De Pellegrin, Dennis (2011) Teaching motor racing engineering through real-life projects: benefits and challenges. In Uhomoibhi, James (Ed.) Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Education: Engineering Sustainability for a Global Economy, ICEE-2011, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, pp. 1-7.

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Project-based learning (PBL) is widely used in engineering courses. The closer to real-life the project, the greater the relevance and depth of learning experienced by students. Formula Society of Automotive Engineering (FSAE) is a fine example of a team-based project modelled on real-life problems whereby each student team designs and builds a small race car for competitive evaluation. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has participated in FSAE-Australia since 2004. Based on the success of the project, QUT has gone the additional step of introducing a motor-racing specialization (second major) to complement its mechanical engineering degree. In this paper, the benefits of teaching motor-racing engineering through real-life projects are presented together with a discussion of the challenges faced and how they have been addressed. In order to validate the authors' observations on the teaching approaches used, student feedback was solicited through QUT's online learning experience survey (LEX), as well as a customized paper-based survey. The results of the surveys are analysed and discussed in this paper.

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ID Code: 46335
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Teaching, Motor-racing, Real-life Projects, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 ICEE
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2011 23:34
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2011 23:48

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