June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Cooperative & Experiential Education
22.439.1 - 22.439.13
Designing a New Evenly Balanced Curriculum for a Co-op AutomotiveEngineering Bachelor’s Degree ProgramThe study for a “diploma” degree in the department of Automotive Engineering hasbeen a well established and internationally recognized degree program for years.However, due to the Bologna Declaration of 2000 and new university regulations weare obliged to design a new curriculum for an Automotive Engineering Bachelor’sdegree program. The main challenge involved was to guarantee the quality ofeducation as well as knowledge sustainability, despite a reduction in availableeducation time. In particular, the implementation of the co-op kernel - thedevelopment of a new Project Based Learning program - led to completely newdesign approach due to the impact of the new regulations in light of the BolognaAccord. Industrial, political and academic expectations were in many cases verycontradictory and the price of their harmonization was a hard compromise.Figure 1 shows the credits distribution of five subject categories: technical basics,engineering subjects, management and soft skills, language education and projectwork (co-ops, labs, etc.). In this work, we describe the necessity of specific subjectswhich are taught in a defined order, which correlates to the demands placed onfuture automotive engineers by industry. Figure 1: Credits distribution. TB- technical basics; ES – engineering subjects; MS –management and soft skills; LE – language education; PR – project and practical work (co-op).This paper presents the development process, the design criteria and some methodsof quality assurance in engineering education. The cornerstone was the bachelor’sdegree qualification profile and the transition from this new bachelor’s degreeprogram to the consecutive master’s degree program with four specialized branchesof study.
Andreeva-Moschen, E., & Millward-Sadler, A. J. (2011, June), Designing a New Evenly Balanced Curriculum for a Co-op Automotive Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17720
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