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Student responses to activities designed to develop generic professional skills

Palmer, Stuart 2000, Student responses to activities designed to develop generic professional skills, Journal of professional issues in engineering education & practice, vol. 126, no. 4, pp. 180-185.

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Title Student responses to activities designed to develop generic professional skills
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Journal name Journal of professional issues in engineering education & practice
Volume number 126
Issue number 4
Start page 180
End page 185
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Place of publication Reston, Va.
Publication date 2000-10
ISSN 1052-3928
Keyword(s) engineering education
generic professional skills
effective assessment
Summary This paper reports on student responses to a range of assessment activities in a final-year engineering unit. Existing assessment activities were supplemented with new activities, the overall aim being to link the assessment activities more effectively to the material being studied, and to develop a range of generic skills important in professional engineering practice. A class survey was undertaken at the beginning of the semester to establish the initial attitudes to the new assessment activities. This was followed up with an end-of-semester survey to determine the change in perceived value of the assessment activities, and to collect student feedback regarding the activities. The perceived value of the assessment activities was determined using a Likert rating scale, while student feedback was collected using open-ended questions. The assessment activities evaluated were group work, case study investigation, report writing, oral presentation, group self-assessment, industrial interviews, and written reflective journals. The responses indicate that engineering students value a range of assessment activities. They value highly visits to real engineering organizations, and—contrary to popular belief —value and enjoy oral presentation exercises.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2000, ASCE
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