The Australasian Association for Engineering Education Inc
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In response to a perceived need for management studies in engineering undergraduate courses, the Institution of Engineers, Australia (IEAust) mandated a requirement for 10% of course content to be management studies in Australia in 1991. In 1996 a major review of engineering education in Australia recommended that the IEAust move from a course accreditation regime based on prescribed inputs to one based on demonstrated graduate attributes. In the move to the new accreditation system the policy on management studies in engineering undergraduate courses has become less definitive and more open to interpretation by individual educational institutions. A survey of recent engineering graduates suggests that those management skills most highly valued by graduates were generic professional practice skills, and that more opportunities to develop these skills in undergraduate studies would be beneficial. Survey respondents suggested the inclusion in the course of more real world examples of engineering management, including case studies, hands-on activities, industry visits, more in-depth coverage of topics, and presentations from practicing professionals.
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130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
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