The effects of the introduction of a project-based curriculum in the mechnaical engineering course at the University of Twente

E.M.A. Peters, P.C. Powell

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    Abstract

    The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering started with project-based education in 1994. The eason for this transformation of the curriculum was the decrease in student progression and the insufficient mastery of essential skills such as problem-solving and communication. Projects are now a substantial part of the program. In addition, courses are block-structured. In general, the results with the new curriculum are positive: students are more motivated and student progression has improved. Staff members are enthusiastic about the projects and their results, and the new program has a positive influence on cooperation between specialist groups in the faculty. However, we are aware of some problems that are not solved yet, for example the difficulty of assessing individual students in the projects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Project Work in University Studies, 14-17 September 1997
    Subtitle of host publicationConference Papers
    EditorsTorben S. Vinther, Mette Knudsen
    Place of PublicationRoskilde, Denmark
    PublisherRoskilde University
    Pages193-203
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)87-7349-3643
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 1997
    EventInternational Conference on Project Work in University Studies 1997 - Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark
    Duration: 14 Sep 199717 Sep 1997

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Project Work in University Studies 1997
    CountryDenmark
    CityRoskilde
    Period14/09/9717/09/97

    Keywords

    • METIS-145145

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    Peters, E. M. A., & Powell, P. C. (1997). The effects of the introduction of a project-based curriculum in the mechnaical engineering course at the University of Twente. In T. S. Vinther, & M. Knudsen (Eds.), International Conference on Project Work in University Studies, 14-17 September 1997: Conference Papers (Vol. 1, pp. 193-203). Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde University.