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Designing a New Evenly Balanced Curriculum for a Co-op Automotive Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Program

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Assessing, Developing, and Enhancing the Engineering Experiential Education Experience

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Cooperative & Experiential Education

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22.439.1 - 22.439.13



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Emilia Andreeva-Moschen FH Joanneum University of Applied Science, Graz

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Emilia Andreeva-Moschen is head of the Department of Vehicle Technologies (Automotive and Railway Engineering) and teaches Electrics, Electronics and Methods of Signal Processing at the University of Applied Sciences Joanneum in Graz (Austria). She is also a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Transport of the Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria). She graduated with a degree in Medical Electronics as well in Technical Journalism from the Technical University of Sofia and received her Ph.D. from the Technical University of Graz (Austria). She gained industrial experience in automation of control systems, engineering of electronic control systems and software development. Her R&D activities comprise design of signal processing and data analysis methods, modeling, simulation and control of automotive systems as well as Engineering Education.

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Adrian J. Millward-Sadler FH Joanneum University of Applied Science, Graz

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Adrian Millward-Sadler is a lecturer in the Department of Vehicle Technology and teaches undergraduate English language courses. He has taught English variously in Madrid, Crete, Prague, and Graz both in the private and university sectors, as well as having worked in private language school management. He has been teaching in the department for six years and has interests in web 2.0 technologies, language learning and motivation, as well as English for Special Purposes.

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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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