ERIC Number: ED454076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Project Based Learning in Engineering Education at Tromsoe College.
This paper describes a project that was an arena for learning through three years (six semesters) of engineering education in computer technology. Project work accounted for approximately 20% of student work in five semesters, and 50% in the last semester. There were three categories of projects. The first type, in the first semester, had as its goal to help students learn project management, teamwork, and, as a "spin off", helped the socialization process of new students. The second type of project was in connection with courses in which the project replaced traditional exercises. The third project type included realistic projects for external companies. It is possible for a student group to do all of the external projects for one institution or company, even working on the same problem. A complete system with user and system documentation can be installed and tested in the user environment. Students have to estimate working hours and register the number of hours used on each activity and for each student. Examples of these projects are given. Project evaluations are based on the delivered reports (plans and working documents), products (software or hardware), and presentation of the project for sensors, lecturer, and an audience. In this way, project work even provides a scientific approach to the collection, handling, and presentation of information. There are many benefits to project-based learning: students become well-prepared for project work when they do get a job, they have learned the practical routines of companies, and they are able to communicate with customers and users. Students usually work more and get better results from projects than in other courses. Teamwork is also applied in other studies, and team building improves the social life of the students. (Author/YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Engineering Education (Taipei, Taiwan, August 14-16, 2000). Contains small print.