An investigation into increasing the extent of energy efficiency knowledge and skills in engineering education

Desha, Cheryl & Hargroves, Karlson (2009) An investigation into increasing the extent of energy efficiency knowledge and skills in engineering education. In 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : Engineering the Curriculum, Engineers Australia, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 822-827.

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Abstract

Today, many sectors across society are recognising the need to swiftly reduce their growing energy demand, as well as meeting remaining demand with low emissions options. A key ingredient to addressing such issues is equipping professionals – in particular engineers – with emerging energy efficiency knowledge and skills. This paper responds to an identified engineering education gap in Australia, by investigating options to increase energy efficiency content for both undergraduate and postgraduate engineers. The authors summarise the findings of the multi-stage methodology funded by the National Framework for Energy Efficiency (2008-2009), highlighting identified key barriers and benefits to such curriculum renewal. The findings are intended for use by engineering departments, accreditation agencies, professional bodies and government, to identify opportunities for moving forward based on rigorous research, and then to strategically plan the transition. This process, focused on energy efficiency, may also provide valuable parallels for a range of sustainable engineering related topics.

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ID Code: 70330
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Energy Efficiency, Knowledge and Skills, education, professional engineers, curriculum, HERN
ISBN: 1876346590
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500) > Engineering Practice (091503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Remains the property of the author(s)
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2014 00:35
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 21:46

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