June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Continuing Professional Development
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Personnel Improvement Plan: a professionalism assignment for engineering students Iron Range Engineering (IRE) is an innovative project-based, upper level, engineering programwhere students are only juniors and seniors. The IRE students must enroll and complete oneProfessionalism course per semester (Professionalism I through Professionalism IV). As part ofeach professionalism course, students complete and submit an assignment named PersonalImprovement Plan (PIP). Each semester, through various experiences within the project teamsand discipline-specific workshops, each student self-assesses his/her improvement in followingcategories: • Leadership • Learning About Learning • Teamwork • Technical Writing • Technical Presenting • Professional Responsibility • Ethical Decision MakingFaculty expect that by completing this assignment, students recognize their areas ofimprovement and plan to achieve their professional goals while completing the program. But thequestions remained are: 1. How effective is this assignment? 2. What are the students’ motivations to complete this assignment? Because it is required or because it helps students build their professional careers? 3. What can we, as faculty, do to improve this assignment?In this paper, we will discuss some possible answers for these questions in addition to thedetailed description of this assignment. Students’ responses will be collected anonymously byconducting survey.
Habibi, C., & Ulseth, R. R., & Lillesve, A. (2014, June), Personnel Improvement Plan: a Professionalism Assignment for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22912
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