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ERIC Number: EJ828284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Problem Solving and Engineering Design, Introducing Bachelor Students to Engineering Practice at K. U. Leuven
Heylen, Christel; Smet, Marc; Buelens, Hermans; Sloten, Jos Vander
European Journal of Engineering Education, v32 n4 p375-386 Aug 2007
A present-day engineer has a large scientific knowledge; he is a team-player, eloquent communicator and life-long learner. At the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the course "Problem Solving and Engineering Design" introduces engineering students from the first semester onwards into real engineering practice and teamwork. Working in small groups, the students integrate basic principles of all regular scientific courses to solve real-life engineering problems. This makes the coursework more interesting and helps the students to master the abstract theories presented in lectures. Through the increasing complexity of the assignments, the students are gradually confronted with technical and social competencies such as a systematic approach to problem solving and engineering design, teamwork, project management and communication skills. "Problem Solving and Engineering Design" has been implemented in the bachelor of engineering since September 2003. The current paper describes the course objectives, the way the course is implemented to support project-based learning and the feedback obtained from the didactic team and the students. (Contains 2 tables and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium