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Multi Background Project Teams In A Master's Degree Curriculum

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Projects in Ocean and Marine Engineering

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8.863.1 - 8.863.6



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Walter Massie

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Session 1478

Multi-Background Project Teams in a Masters Degree Curriculum

W.W. Massie, MSc, P.E., Associate Professor and Offshore Engineering Curriculum Leader, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Abstract Participants in the Interfaculty Offshore Engineering curriculum have entered with backgrounds in any of the following disciplines: • Civil Engineering • Mechanical Engineering • Naval Architecture • Petroleum Engineering

from the Delft University of Technology as well as from a number of foreign institutions. Each year these new participants are grouped into project teams to carry out the conceptual design of an offshore oil and gas field development. The material presented here is derived from six years of experience with two or three field development teams each year.

The paper goes into topics such as: • Team member selection procedure. • Stimulating early project team productivity - getting them working. • Adapting project requirements to accommodate team members’ backgrounds. • Overcoming (cultural and intellectual) differences.

Introduction An offshore field development project has been included at the beginning of the Offshore Engineering (OE) curriculum at the Delft University of Technology since the 1996-97 academic year. This corresponded with the re-introduction of the 5-year engineering curriculum in that year. Originally, the course was quite isolated (relative to other offshore engineering courses) in the second semester of the third of the five curriculum years.

The Delft University of Technology recently adopted a 3 + 2 BSc - MSc curriculum structure with English-language MSc curricula. Along with this, OE has become purely a MSc curriculum since the Fall of 2002. An early form of this curriculum was described by Massie and Vugts (2001) 1. The curriculum has continued to evolve since that paper was written; some details of the discussion below will be effectuated only in the coming academic year as this evolution continues. In spite of this on-going and gradual process, the basic objectives of the curriculum and of its survey of offshore engineering course have remained the same. Massie (2003)2 describes this evolution process over a period of a quarter century.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Massie, W. (2003, June), Multi Background Project Teams In A Master's Degree Curriculum Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11417

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