Using Real Industry Problems to Engage PBL Students

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Simcock, Alec L, Shi, Juan and Thorn, Richard (2008) Using Real Industry Problems to Engage PBL Students. In: Program and proceedings 19th conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : to industry and beyond : 7-10 December 2008, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia. Mann, Llewellyn, Thompson, Adam and Howard, Prue, eds. Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Rockhampton, Queensland.


PBL is a mode of program delivery which requires substantial effort and commitment to ensure students develop communication and professional skills along with their technical competencies. PBL curriculum design is very important as it ensures the characteristics of PBL are fully utilised to achieve the desired learning outcomes and satisfy the graduate attributes of both Victoria University (VU) and Engineers Australia (EA). Externally sourced problems have been used in the second semester of the second year program in the School of Electrical Engineering to ensure students satisfy EA Stage 1 Competency Standards and fulfil the learning in the workplace commitment of VU. This paper describes how problems from industry (and community organisations) were used to engage students and introduce them to project management, client negotiation and specification writing. The enthusiasm of the students and friendly, collaborative interactions with the external clients resulted in outcomes that exceeded our most optimistic expectations.

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ISBN 1921047607
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID14627, problem based learning, Victoria University, Melbourne, Learning in the Workplace and Community, LiWC, work integrated learning, problem based learning, WIL
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