Uncovering threshold values in first year engineering courses and implications for curriculum design
This project will investigate first year student experiences of engineering and explore how they relate their courses to learning about the values that engineers need to develop to become socially responsible engineers. The project will then make recommendations about how in first year, curriculum design initiatives can enable all students to navigate these threshold values as they enter further into their studies towards becoming an engineer. This is supportive of a curriculum design that enables students to adopt a deep approach to their learning that is more than a set of technical know-how but encourages a progressive view of developing a good engineer.
By the end of this project we will be able to:
Identify and compare a number of threshold values in first year engineering courses in Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.
Analyse and summarise how first year students relate the threshold values to those of being an engineer.
Evaluate the current course design in light of the identified threshold values and make recommendations for re-design of courses where appropriate to support students learning.
The key stakeholders here are all involved in engineering education, and are directly involved with supporting students in their learning. The project outcomes will be useful for all engineering lecturers across the UK and beyond, in supporting their students with these critically important learning outcomes.
If you wish to know more about this project, please contact the Programme's Engineering team at HESTEM@raeng.org.uk with Reference Number 2010MAY_9.