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Beyond construction…..A cross-disciplinary approach to improved learning and teaching in built environment degrees

McLaughlin, P., Kennedy, B. and Mills, A. 2016, Beyond construction…..A cross-disciplinary approach to improved learning and teaching in built environment degrees, in AUBEA 2016 : Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Qld., pp. 135-146.

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Title Beyond construction…..A cross-disciplinary approach to improved learning and teaching in built environment degrees
Author(s) McLaughlin, P.
Kennedy, B.
Mills, A.ORCID iD for Mills, A. orcid.org/0000-0002-2223-1550
Conference name Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Annual Conference (40th : 2016 : Cairns, Queensland)
Conference location Cairns, Queensland
Conference dates 6-8 Jul. 2016
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2016 : Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference
Editor(s) Singhaputtangkul, Natee
Publication date 2016
Conference series Annual Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association
Start page 135
End page 146
Total pages 12
Publisher Central Queensland University
Place of publication Rockhampton, Qld.
Keyword(s) built environment
cross-disciplinary
work-readiness
Summary More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills those most vulnerable in the third world. Leadership in managing cross-disciplinary teams is required to present economical, viable community-based solutions. This project utilised the skills of undergraduates across different disciplines of construction, project management, engineering, design, and communication, to work alongside industry mentors in a team to design, build and present an innovative, sustainable water sanitation solution for a Bangladesh community. The semester-long project enabled undergraduate students to develop skills in client relationships, teamwork, and communication as well as discipline skills of project management and construction. The real-world problem necessitated a paradigm shift away from discipline-based knowledge transference towards skills for the future. The project utilised approaches such as negotiated curriculum and assessment; self-directed, flexible participation in learning; use of social media as a learning tool and cross-disciplinary teamwork. Results from student surveys and interviews indicate that this project directly enhanced students’ work-readiness skills and recognition of the importance of problem solving using cross-disciplinary understandings. Students reported greater self-confidence for tackling future workplace challenges. The results also illustrate strong levels of student satisfaction with the cross-disciplinary approach and the importance of skills in client relationships. The project and its outcomes have implications for how learning and teaching occurs in built environment disciplines and has the potential to create significant impact on the calibre of future built environment graduates.
ISBN 9781921047138
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
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