Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under permanent embargo

An evaluation of a project-based learning initiative in engineering education

journal contribution
posted on 2011-07-01, 00:00 authored by Stuart Palmer, W Hall
Project-based learning (PBL) is a well-known methodology for engineering design education due to a number of benefits it is claimed to offer. This paper presents the initial offering of a first-year engineering PBL unit at Griffith University in Australia. An evaluation of student perceptions of the unit revealed that students generally enjoyed the experience, with the oral presentation aspect receiving the lowest satisfaction rating. There was no significant difference in the ratings between any demographic grouping, suggesting that all students were able to participate in, and experience, the unit in essentially the same way. The best aspects of the unit and those aspects needing improvement were similar to the findings of other investigations documented in the literature. It is proposed that future offerings of the unit will reduce the number of design projects from three to two per semester and will attempt more sophisticated individualisation of marks for group work activities.

History

Journal

European journal of engineering education

Volume

36

Issue

4

Pagination

357 - 365

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Oxfordshire, England

ISSN

0304-3797

eISSN

1469-5898

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2011, SEFI

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC