Sustainable Engineering Systems – a new approach to Civil Engineering Education
The aim is to excite and enthuse the CE undergraduates with sustainable Civil Engineering design, whilst better preparing them for employment, self development and taking up future leadership roles within the industry.
The objectives of the project are to create an employer-led construction problem based module that integrates:
* the interdisciplinary design elements of the CEG curriculum
* Architectural concepts with CE design, and embeds:
* live operational constraints as experienced by the construction industry
* Sustainability, whilst engaging students with effective:
* Team working and self-development in preparation for employment
* Communication using e-learning techniques
The overarching outcome will be the breakdown of traditional silo-based design an the integration of sustainability concepts. Furthermore we will be able to:
* Map the progression and development of transferable skills throughout the whole U/G programme
* Integrated suite of DSES modules
* Better understanding of the whole system approach and its effectiveness in teaching CE design problems
* Students who are more aware of construction industry, the problems it faces and who are better prepared for work and subsequent progression to leadership roles.
* Enhanced employer relationships
* More effective group working with students
Outcomes for enabling and enhancing institutional change:
* Creation of an exemplar of employed-led problem based learning modules
* Advantages of whole system approach in design
* Feedback to traditional discipline-led modules on their suitability for tackling integrated problems
* A case study of innovative group working methodologies, self reflection assessment and their effectiveness for the student experience
The sector identifies a requirement to embed sustainability in all of its activities and will therefore benefit from the cohorts of students that have the knowledge and skill-base necessary to deliver world leading projects. The student will benefit from the skills that they develop setting them apart from their peers. They will also benefit from their enhanced ability to work in a team, to work creatively within limited time and budget, and to develop self-learning awareness and planning for future professional employment.
If you wish to know more about this project, please contact the Programme's Engineering team at HESTEM@raeng.org.uk with Reference Number: FP010 OCT2010.