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ERIC Number: EJ939244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
A Taxonomy of Engineering Design Tasks and Its Applicability to University Engineering Education
Thomas, Ray; Izatt, Jack
European Journal of Engineering Education, v28 n4 p535-547 2003
Engineering Design is rightfully regarded as a key element within all university Engineering courses and most laboratory assignments and project work seek to optimise the student's acquisition of knowledge and understanding of this process. Within this paper Engineering Design has been classified into a new "hierarchy of task level" each one defined by an increased degree of design freedom that an Engineer has to consider. It is argued that this classification accurately reflects the varying complexity of tasks found within real world industrial environment. The optimal matching of these task levels to university course assignments is discussed and limitations identified. The need for further design experience within a wider industrial context is shown to be essential if the nature of design freedom is to be fully appreciated by the next generation of professional Engineers. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom