Creating tomorrow's engineering designers

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Churches, Alex, Green, Cliff, Field, Bruce, Wightley, Allan, Green, Lance, van de Loo, Paul, Burvill, Colin, Smith, Warren and Snook, Chris. 2007. "Creating tomorrow's engineering designers." Zehner, Robert and Reidsema, Carl (ed.) ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education. Sydney, Australia 09 - 12 Jul 2007 Sydney, Australia.
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Creating tomorrow's engineering designers

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsChurches, Alex (Author), Green, Cliff (Author), Field, Bruce (Author), Wightley, Allan (Author), Green, Lance (Author), van de Loo, Paul (Author), Burvill, Colin (Author), Smith, Warren (Author) and Snook, Chris (Author)
EditorsZehner, Robert and Reidsema, Carl
Journal or Proceedings TitleConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education
Number of Pages4
Year2007
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN9780646481470
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.connected2007.com.au/
Conference/EventConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education
Event Details
ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education
Event Date
09 to end of 12 Jul 2007
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

In this paper, we identify serious shortcomings in the quality of current mechanical-engineering graduates from Australian universities. As a result, graduates exhibit a lack of understanding of: the basic sciences; engineering in the real world; and engineering professionalism. Whilst minor improvement can be achieved within current structures, we are convinced that only major restructuring, involving additional course length, changes in teaching methods, and renewed emphasis on professionalism in engineering, exemplified through the creative design procedure, can begin the transformation from student towards what we have chosen to describe as a `compleat engineer'.

Keywordsmechanical enginerring students; mechanical engineering graduates; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401799. Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New South Wales
Geng, Australia
Monash University
University of Technology Sydney
Applidyne, Australia
University of Melbourne
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
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