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Comparing Perceptions of Competency Knowledge Development in Systems Engineering Curriculum: A Case Study According to the Systems Engineering (SE) Division of the National Defense Industrial Association, one of the top five systems engineering issues for the Department of the Defense (DoD) is: “The quantity and quality of systems engineering expertise is insufficient to meet the demands of the government and defense industry.” (NDIA SE Division, 2010) Competency-based systems engineering curriculum development has receivedmore focus in recent years due to this gap in systems engineering expertise throughout industryand government. In support of competency-based curriculum research, a recent study queriedboth instructors and students of twenty-seven class deliveries of twenty-one different systemsengineering and related courses delivered over one semester, as to the type and level of systemsengineering competency knowledge covered by the course content. This paper covers the resultsof an analysis that first addresses instructor expectations of the student’s level of knowledgeproficiency in identified competencies upon entering and successfully completing the class.Next, the analysis addresses the student’s perception of their level of knowledge proficiency inidentified competencies upon entering and successfully completing the class. In each case theinstructor and student is selecting from a list of competencies based on a government/industrymodel, that each felt was addressed in the content of the course. The difference in instructorsand students perceptions of course competency coverage in the course content as well as thedifferences in perceived levels of knowledge proficiencies developed in those competencies, isanalyzed and discussed in the paper. Additional data on student demographics, studentexperience in systems engineering, and the delivery methods used by the instructor to providethe course content and other related factors are also addressed. The paper concludes withrecommendations for bridging the gap in perceptions of competency-based course content andcompetency knowledge growth, and suggestions for future research in competency-basedcurriculum development.References:NDIA SE Division (2010, July). Top systems engineering issues in department of defense and defense industry (Final 9a-7/15/10).
Squires, A. F., & Cloutier, R. J. (2011, June), Comparing Perceptions of Competency Knowledge Development in Systems Engineering Curriculum: A Case Study Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17628
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