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ERIC Number: ED456021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 6
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New Principles and Basic Approaches for the Curricula of Engineering Degree Courses.
Gargione, Luiz Antonio
This paper presents new principles and basic approaches for the curricula of engineering degree courses. The accentuated evolution of engineering, the fast technological transformations and, still, the impact provoked by government regulations in the field of education in Brazil have called attention to these issues. Following these changes, it was felt that a periodic reconstructing of the curricula for engineering courses at the University of Vale do Paraiba (UNIVAP) was necessary, especially the civil and electrical engineering degree courses. This proposal concerns two important aspects. The first one is the demand for a solid basic formation, and the second is the capacity of the program to remain in a process of permanent modernization without provoking great structural reformulation in its content during the undergraduate portion of the course. The project of restructuring the Civil Engineering Course at UNIVAP faces three important issues that cause problems in the structure of the course: (1) elevated school dropout in the first year of the course due to overcrowding groups of students in the basic cycle subjects of physics and mathematics because of lack of preparation in high school; (2) keeping the subjects and course descriptions that comprise the programs up to date; and (3) the necessity of a solid basic formation to support fast technological transformations. In an attempt to reduce the dropout rate, the new curriculum design introduces fundamental subjects with basic mathematics and physics content in the first year course with the objective of minimizing or even correcting eventual deficiencies originating from the formation of the high school course. A generous increase in the program hour of the subjects that compose the basic cycle of the course, among them mathematics, physics, mechanics, fluid mechanics, and computer initiation, is proposed. With these reformulations it is intended to alter the cycle of basic formation of the course from two to three years, enabling some basic subjects to be extended until the fourth year of the course. On the other side it becomes convenient to introduce some subjects to motivate the students in the course during the first year. These subjects can be highlighted in two parts: (1) Introduction to Engineering and Administration; and (2) Introduction to Construction Engineering. With regard to the subjects of permanent professional modernization, a structure is being proposed towards the end of the course that facilitates the student having a formation composed by modules of subjects with a focus on continuous education, allowing the student to come back to the university for new specialization or extension unit courses in later years. (Author/YDS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil