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Presentation and evaluation of a new graduate unit of study in engineering product development

Bodisco, Timothy A. and Palmer, Stuart 2020, Presentation and evaluation of a new graduate unit of study in engineering product development, Sustainability, vol. 12, no. 14, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/su12145749.

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Title Presentation and evaluation of a new graduate unit of study in engineering product development
Author(s) Bodisco, Timothy A.ORCID iD for Bodisco, Timothy A. orcid.org/0000-0002-5163-4762
Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 12
Issue number 14
Article ID 5749
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2076-3417
Keyword(s) engineering education
product development
Master-level
unit evaluation
Summary Engineering education has a key role to play in equipping engineers with the design skills that they need to contribute to national competitiveness. Product design has been described as “the convergence point for engineering and design thinking and practices”, and courses in which students design, build, and test a product are becoming increasingly popular. A sound understanding of product development and the implications associated with developing a product have been strongly linked to sustainability outcomes. This paper presents an evaluation of a new Master level engineering unit offered at Deakin University in product development technology. The unit allowed the students an opportunity to engage with the entire product development cycle from the initial idea to prototyping and testing through strategic assessment, which drove the unit content and student learning. Within this, students were also afforded an opportunity to explore resource usage and subsequent minimisation. Student evaluation surveys over two successive years found that students were responsive to this type of learning and appreciated the opportunity to do hands-on work. Improved student effort and engagement indicate that the students likely had better learning outcomes, as compared to traditionally taught units.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su12145749
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30140653

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