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Australasian Partnership in a First Year Engineering Course: Deakin University and Wuhan University of Science and Technology

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2016 ASEE International Forum

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Courses

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International Forum

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11

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Sivachandran Chandrasekaran P.E. Deakin University

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Dr. Sivachandran Chandrasekaran is a Research Fellow in Engineering Education at Deakin University. He has graduated his BE (CSE) in India and ME, MES (Electronics) from Victoria University and PhD (Engineering Education) from Deakin University respectively. He is active member of Deakin engineering education research Centre (DEERC), School of engineering in the Faculty of science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University. Siva is an active researcher and his research interests include creativity and innovation in learning and teaching, Design based learning, Cloud learning & located learning and engineering education innovation. His education philosophy is founded on the Project Oriented Design Based Learning (PODBL) approach at Deakin University.

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John Matthew Long Deakin University

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Dr. John M. Long completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Michigan (Flint) in 1987, while working as an analytical chemist at AC Spark Plug, General Motors Corporation. In 1995 he completed a PhD in physics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Since then he has worked in the School of Engineering at Deakin University, where he teaches physics, materials, and electronics. His research interests include materials-analysis techniques and engineering education.

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Yanan Wang P.E. School of Engineering, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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Junior Nomani JN Deakin University

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Qiang Zhao

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Zhigang Jiang Wuhan University of Science and Technology

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Roger Dianlei Geng PhD Wuhan University of Science and Technology

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Education:
2008-2015 PhD: Shanghai International Studies University
Work:
2010-Present
Professor of English and Cultural Studies
Director, Office of International Relations/Dean, International School
Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China

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Bernard Rolfe Deakin University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8516-6170

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Bernard Rolfe completed a combined Economics and Engineering degree with honours in 1995 from the Australian National University (ANU). During his degree he was employed as a graduate research engineer at the BHP Research Labs, investigating better control systems for hot strip steel mills. After he obtained his degree he worked for several years as a Business Systems consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) before returning to the ANU to pursue a PhD in novel methods of inverse modeling metal forming processes (completed in 2002). This research included an IMechE award winning journal paper. In 2005 Bernard joined Deakin as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. In 2008 Bernard led the Deakin’s successful team for “Creating the Model-T for the 21st Century – a Global University Challenge”. This vehicle concept outclassed several other top Universities around the world to be awarded joint winner along with the concept from the University of Aachen (RWTH), along with $25000 prize money. In 2015 Bernard received the Vice Chancellor’s award for Industry Engagement.
Currently Bernard is an Associate Professor (Mechanical) at Deakin University in Australia. This is equivalent to a tenured Professor in the US system. He has been a part of over fifteen successful nationally competitive large research grants, totalling over $15 million in awarded funds. He has published over 150 refereed articles. His current research focus is the forming of light weight structures, including the development of better material models for metal forming.

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Abstract

This paper presents an evaluation of student perceptions of a domestic Chinese undergraduate engineering program taught by international Australasian teaching staff. The project is a part of a teaching collaboration between Deakin University and Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST). The cohort of students from WUST University were first year bachelor undergraduate engineering students in Mechanical Engineering. The particular subject was a first year engineering materials unit taught in English. The content of the unit included introduction to material science principles/practices, such as material stress-strain analysis, discussion of material failure modes and basic material property characteristics. A survey of students was used for evaluation. This study will help academics understand international student experiences, and to identify the current challenges and barriers faced in their learning.

A total of 61 students participated in the survey. Early analysis of the survey has shown 90% of participating students agreed they were motivated to learn and achieve the learning goals through this collaborative program. Around 90% of students found the group based practical activities were most helpful in achieving learning goals. The full paper will discuss in detail about the practical activity tasks, learning and teaching approach involved in this international collaborative program. It also will discuss about the challenges faced by the students in a classroom.

Chandrasekaran, S., & Long, J. M., & Wang, Y., & Nomani, J., & Zhao, Q., & Jiang, Z., & Geng, R. D., & Rolfe, B. (2016, June), Australasian Partnership in a First Year Engineering Course: Deakin University and Wuhan University of Science and Technology Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana. https://peer.asee.org/27233

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