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New Practically Focused Graduate Programs In Electronics Offered By Rmit University.

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.427.1 - 3.427.8

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Peter C.M. Burton

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Fred Payne

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Dinesh Kant

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Session 3448

New Practically Focused Graduate Programs in Electronics offered by RMIT University.

Peter C.M. Burton, Fred Payne, and Dinesh Kant, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


The Department of Communication and Electronic Engineering at RMIT University has always had a practical “hands on” approach to teaching undergraduate engineering courses. The programs are industrially oriented with the aim of reducing the learning curve for graduates entering industry.

In 1997 the Department, in consultation with industry, introduced graduate course work programs in electronics leading to the Master’s degree. Hands on experiential learning is still emphasised and professional development opportunities are provided for practising engineers.

This paper will describe the development of the program. It will discuss the rationale for introduction, the aims and objectives, the program structure, and the first year of delivery. In conclusion the paper will outline modifications and new initiatives planned for 1998.


RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) is a dual sector university providing higher education and TAFE (Technical and Further Education) programs to 38,000 students in the Melbourne metropolitan area. RMIT is internationally respected for its intellectual rigour and practically focused courses and has developed strong links and partnerships with business, industry, and the public sector. It is known throughout Australia and overseas as an innovative leader in education.

The Department of Communication and Electronic Engineering at RMIT is one of the leading providers of communication and electronic engineering education in Australia and offers a wide range of short courses, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Department strives to produce graduates who are immediately productive on entering the workplace or at a minimum have significantly reduced learning curves. The Department places heavy emphasis on state of the art practical skills to meet the needs of today’s fast changing engineering environment. Practical work is designed to reinforce the material that is covered in the lectures and each course has an associated laboratory1. The Department also has a strong enterprise engineering focus which integrates business and personal skills development with the technical aspects of the program2.

Burton, P. C., & Payne, F., & Kant, D. (1998, June), New Practically Focused Graduate Programs In Electronics Offered By Rmit University. Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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