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International and culturally inclusive curricula-an engineering management unit audit case study

Palmer, Stuart 2006, International and culturally inclusive curricula-an engineering management unit audit case study, in Creativity, Challenge, Change Partnerships in Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 1-9.

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Title International and culturally inclusive curricula-an engineering management unit audit case study
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Conference name Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference (17th: 2006: Auckland, New Zealand)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 10-13 Dec 2006
Title of proceedings Creativity, Challenge, Change Partnerships in Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Editor(s) Rowe, Gerard
Reid, Gilliam
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Keyword(s) Internationalisation
culturally inclusive curricula
engineering management
Summary SEB421 Strategic Issues in Engineering is a final-year engineering management study unit at Deakin University in which the enrolled student population has grown to include significant numbers of international students. Given this change, it was considered timely to conduct a review of the unit, with regard to principles of international and culturally inclusive curricula. Despite the historically white Anglo-Saxon male culture of engineering education in Australia, there are a wide range of international and cultural aspects related to engineering education. A review of the literature reveals a diversity of interpretations of 'internationalisation' and 'cultural inclusiveness'. From a pragmatic perspective, it is noted that organisational policy can provide guidance for academic staff seeking to make courses more inclusive. From a review of the literature and relevant university policies, a list of 'international and culturally inclusive curricula' guidelines for engineering management education was developed. Comparing a prior audit of SEB421 with these guidelines revealed progress on international and culturally inclusive curricula, but identified opportunities for improvement. The guidelines were applied to the curriculum/syllabus, content/study materials, conduct and assessment of the unit, to identify further opportunities for improvement. A plan for improvement of the unit and an associated timetable for this work were developed. It was noted that some changes can be made immediately, while others are contingent upon the timetable imposed by university systems. It was further noted that issues of change within a single study unit intersect with wider issues of program curriculum, and, while pilot activities can provide a start, eventually the wider issue of international and culturally inclusive curricula across the entire undergraduate engineering program needs to be considered.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9780473118815
0473118815
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
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