ERIC Number: ED367642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Engineers: Designers--No Alibis.
Stevens, Susan A. R.; Wilkins, Linda C.
Engineering is the science, art, and business of designing and getting things done; engineers are required to make things happen through interpersonal relationships. At Monash University (Australia), a new course, Management for Engineers, was set up in 1990 to encourage a more holistic approach to the process of engineering. The course included an examination of the context within which the end product is based. The techniques of problem based learning (PBL) were used to look at design as a problem solving activity for engineers. This report provides the outline for an engineering course that includes communication skills as a deliberate part of the design and places a strong emphasis on process and interaction. The style of the course delivery means, in practice, fewer lectures, more tutorials, and the use of cross cultural models to modify activities that would be appropriate for the group. Awareness of the specific culture and language of the engineering profession was given increasing attention throughout the course. Course orientation transfers the initiative from the lecturer to the student and immerses students in an environment that challenges them to think and to take responsibility for identifying and learning skills. (Contains 25 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Management Skills; Monash University (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the National Biennial Conference of the Design in Education Council (Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, July 5-7, 1993).