Practice Transfer Adopters: Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving - Loughborough
The introduction of mathematical modelling and problem-solving projects into the teaching practice of a second year Materials Engineering module at Loughborough University aims to develop in students the skills that every engineer should have as a result of a good quality undergraduate education. Modelling is at the root of every engineering practice and therefore engineering students should develop mathematical modelling skills as learning-for-life competences. Furthermore, this is claimed to help raise the attainment and motivation of students to engage with mathematics as part of their degree. The design of these projects will be made in conjunction with lecturers from the Materials and the Mathematics department and two student interns (one from the Materials department and one from the Mathematics department). An innovative assessment scheme (Adaptive Comparative Judgement) will be tried and evaluated in order to assess these particular skills (15% of the module’s overall marks). This innovative scheme allows for peer assessment, which will supplement the students’ learning of modeling and problem solving skills.