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Improving Generic Skills among Engineering Students through Project-Based Learning in a Project Management Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Enhancing Engineering Management

Tagged Division

Engineering Management

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23.715.1 - 23.715.17



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Ana Valeria Quevedo Universidad de Piura

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Ms. Ana Quevedo has a master's of Management in Operations Research from UBC. Quevado is an Industrial and Systems Engineer with the Universidad de Piura.

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Dante Arturo Guerrero Universidad de Piura

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Doctor of Project Management specializing in Project Planning and Management for Sustainable Rural Development, Master of Engineering with specialization in Rural Development Projects / Local from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Masters in Education with a major in Educational Theory and Practice, Bachelor education specializing in secondary level mathematics and physics specialty, and Industrial Engineering from the University of Piura.
Ordinary is currently principal lecturer at the University of Piura in Peru and president of IPMA Certification Body-Peru (OCIP) entity that certifies competency in Project Management with the approach of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). His main specialties are: First National Evaluator skills certification in project management, planning and government institutions and non-profit organizations, academic research and management in universities and higher education establishments.

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Martin Palma Universidad de Piura

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Professor at the University of Piura Martin Palma is in the Academic Program of Industrial Engineering. Dedicated to operations management and sustainable development projects, Palma has conducted research on skills training in Engineering for many years.

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Susana Vegas Universidad de Piura

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Generic Skills Improvement of Engineering Students using Project-Based Learning in a Project Management Course.AbstractThe evident fast speed on technology changes, the increase in social exigencies and theneed to take good care of the environment, made evident that engineering graduatesmust have generic skills of holistic nature to face with success their future professionalchallenges. This paper shows the impact that had the project based learningmethodology in the improvement of generic skills, among a group of industrialengineering students in a project management course. Measurements of the student'sknowledge and domain of technical, contextual and behavioral skills were performed atthe beginning and end of the term. Written questionnaires that measured the threedimensions were used; also a statistical and regression analysis was conducted. Theresults shows significant evidence on the improvement of the students’ skills that isexplained by the use of the project based learning (BPL). It is known that the BPL isone of the possible ways to improve generic skills, but it could be use as a powerful toolthat balance and complement engineering undergraduate curricula that aim thedevelopment of those skills with holistic dimension in the students.Key words: generic skills, BPL, higher education engineering, Project management.

Quevedo, A. V., & Guerrero, D. A., & Palma, M., & Vegas, S. (2013, June), Improving Generic Skills among Engineering Students through Project-Based Learning in a Project Management Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19729

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