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Teaching tribology and maintenance-related subjects : a hands-on focus

Kosse, Vladis & De Pellegrin, Dennis (2011) Teaching tribology and maintenance-related subjects : a hands-on focus. In Uhomoibhi, James (Ed.) Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Education: Engineering Sustainability for a Global Economy, ICEE-2011, Northern Ireland, Belfast, pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

In this paper different aspects of teaching tribology and maintenance-related subjects with a hands-on focus at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are presented and discussed. As part of the study, a combination of data from core units, such as engineering design units, and elective units, was used, in addition to laboratory experiments, real-life projects, interactive software packages and industry visits. The mechanical engineering curriculum structure used at QUT, consisting of the main specialization (first major) and the second specialization (second major), is also discussed with specific emphasis on the teaching of tribology and maintenance-related subjects. To evaluate students' satisfaction with the novel teaching approaches used, tailored questionnaires were used as well as QUT's online learning experience survey (LEX). Statistical results of these sureveys are presented and discussed. In summary, these showed that students overwhelmingly support the hands-on and practical focus in teaching tribology and maintenance-related subjects and that the teaching approaches used shorten the learning curve and make students better prepared for integration in the workplace.

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ID Code: 46336
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Teaching, Tribology-maintenance, Hands-on Focus, HERN
ISSN: 1562-3580
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Tribology (091309)
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-2011
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2011 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2011 10:12

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