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Professional Profiles and Multidisciplinary Engineering Curriculum

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Conference

2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Programs and Curricula

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

24.1009.1 - 24.1009.15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--22942

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https://strategy.asee.org/22942

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145

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Marla Constanza Barrera Botero Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Systems Engineer from Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas" and M.Sc. in System Engineering and Computer student from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Topics of interest: Semantic Web and Ontologies applied to representation and management of knowledge, Engineering Education and Innovation networks.

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Oscar G. Duarte Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Electrical Engineer by Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 1991.
M.Sc. in Industrial Automation by Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 1997
Ph.D. in Informatics by Universidad de Granada in 2000

Professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia since 1994.

Academic Vicedean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia since 2012.

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Carolina Sarmiento Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Rene Alexander Soto Perez Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Angélica Rosmery Ghisays universidad nacional de Colombia

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Abstract

Professional profiles and Multidisciplinary Engineering curriculumProfessional profiles are the set of skills and knowledge that a professional (i.e. an engineer)should have. For multidisciplinary engineering programs, the definition of such professionalprofiles is difficult, because of the inherent flexibility of those programs. We need flexibility in thecurricula, the question is how this flexibility affects the professional profile of the students.In this paper we propose a definition of "professional profile" that allow us to do a quantitativeassessment of skills and knowledge associate to a curriculum.Based on this definition, twoconcepts have been raised: • Ideal profile: It is the set of skills and knowledge that a student must achieve according to his/her expected future professional role. These expectations are definite by educational institutions, industry, organizations and the society and they are based on current requirements of each sector. • Individual profile: It is the set of skills and knowledge acquired and/or developed by a student during the professional training process.Through a representation of curriculum by means of ontologies and the use of informationaggregation techniques taken from computational intelligence, we propose a quantitativeassessment of profiles (both, ideal and individual). Consequently, a student can compare his/herindividual profile with each ideal profile, and then visualize his/her compliance level regarding awanted profile. This methodology can be used like a tool in self-learning decisions.Other potential uses of professional profiles are: • To serve as a support system to curriculum evaluation into educational institutions. • To serve as a baseline to generate an academic tutor that can recommend learning routes. • To aid to place the graduates in a specific work field or area of pertinence in the industry.This methodology has been tested on the Electrical Engineering curriculum at the UniversidadNacional de Colombia. 1

Barrera Botero, M. C., & Duarte, O. G., & Sarmiento, C., & Soto Perez, R. A., & Ghisays, A. R. (2014, June), Professional Profiles and Multidisciplinary Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22942

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