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ERIC Number: ED458107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-14
Pages: 6
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Integrated Project System and Supervised Industrial Placement--Essential Cores of Civil Engineering Education.
Majewski, Stanislaw; Mayo, Roger; Mokrosz, Andrzej; Gorski, Marcin
Since the early nineties the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland has been involved in three Tempus projects, aimed at modernizing the Faculty educational system and its adjustment to European Union standards. The first and second projects were directed at creating new specialties: City Regeneration and Constructing Architect, both in the Faculty College in Rybnik. The experience of these two projects formed the basis for the third Tempus project, entitled BestSys, which is aimed at total modernization of the Faculty educational system. A few years work on the educational system in co-operation with European Union partner Universities has resulted in a comprehensive review of Civil and Structural Engineering Education. Two elements have been recognized as being particularly important for effective teaching in this area and probably in all technical studies. These are the Integrated Project System and a Supervised Industrial Practical Placement. The project classes should be focused on the comprehensive solution of two to four integrated projects, scheduled for all study periods, instead of tens of independent project exercises in particular subjects. The syllabuses of lectures and all teaching hours should be constructed to provide not only general knowledge in particular subjects but also all information necessary to solve the actual project tasks. The system was successfully tested in the faculty educational practice. Experience has proven that: (1) students are interested in the complex solving of the whole of an initially simple problem, rather than in more complex professional tasks; and (2) students are aware of the usefulness of knowledge taught during lectures. This results in improved assimilation of knowledge, in practical training in basic professional skills and finally in improvement of the efficiency of studies. The second important factor in effective education is the practical industrial work experience. In technical sciences a continuous interchange of information between education, research and practice is a prerequisite of progress. It is also an essential precondition of effective teaching in this area. In new curricula developed within the Tempus BestSys project, a Supervised Industrial Practical Placement was introduced during the 7th semester at the 1st undergraduate level of studies. (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland