Tracking design elements in a mechanical engineering curriculum

M. Tunde Oladiran, Jacek Uziak, Venkata P. Kommula

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Abstract

Design activity is core to modern engineering practice. Some design experience is demanded by professional bodies that accredit degree engineering programmes (e.g. ABET and ECSA). The purpose of this paper is to track design related topics through the curriculum of the mechanical engineering degree programme at the University of Botswana. A questionnaire was designed and administered to staff teaching on the programme. The responses were used to map design components in the curriculum and assess the design experience of students. The results showed that design topics were delivered in various courses and the knowledge gained by students increased steadily from Year 3 to Year 5. Some observed deficiencies in the teaching of design included lack of industry recommended projects, negligible application of design software, and the use of only single discipline based problems (i.e. no multi disciplinary teaching approach). It was concluded that a programme review is needed to improve the pedagogy of design and enhance programme robustness. It is envisaged that the study will help in designing a new mechanical engineering curriculum to satisfy accreditation requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Materials and Systems Technologies III
Pages601-610
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012
Event3rd International Conference on Engineering Research and Development: Advances in Engineering, Science and Technology, ICERD2010 - Benin City, Nigeria
Duration: Sep 7 2010Sep 9 2010

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume367
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Engineering Research and Development: Advances in Engineering, Science and Technology, ICERD2010
CountryNigeria
CityBenin City
Period9/7/109/9/10

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Mechanical engineering
Curricula
Teaching
Students
Accreditation
Software design

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Oladiran, M. T., Uziak, J., & Kommula, V. P. (2012). Tracking design elements in a mechanical engineering curriculum. In Advances in Materials and Systems Technologies III (pp. 601-610). (Advanced Materials Research; Vol. 367). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.367.601
Oladiran, M. Tunde ; Uziak, Jacek ; Kommula, Venkata P. / Tracking design elements in a mechanical engineering curriculum. Advances in Materials and Systems Technologies III. 2012. pp. 601-610 (Advanced Materials Research).
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