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Program Renewal For Sustainable Engineering At Rmit University, Melbourne, Australia

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

International Engineering Education II

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8.947.1 - 8.947.11



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Program Renewal for Sustainable Engineering at RMIT University

Associate Professor Roger Hadgraft

Teaching & Learning Director in the School of Civil & Chemical Engineering RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


Program Renewal is the process of moving existing engineering degree programs at RMIT in line with the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy 1,2,

enabling students to: • develop a framework for understanding validated knowledge and cultural achievements • contribute to their further development and to the well-being of society • engage with the processes of innovation and global change and to deal with new challenges • develop sustaining values, including a commitment to their own learning.

It is maximised in learning environments which focus on: • knowledge—contemporary content, clear goals, deep learning focus, global focus • learners—adequate preparation, interactive engagement, adaptation to individual learning styles • assessment—specific standards, range of assessments, progressive feedback • community—application and transfer focused, cross-disciplinary, problem-solving, vocationally recognised, socially inclusive orientation, internationally relevant.


This paper discusses the key design concepts being used to develop these new engineering programs, namely:

• The Institution of Engineers, Australia’s graduate capabilities 3 are placed within a sustainability framework. This framework captures the essence of what it means to do engineering. The key components are: sustainability, problem solving, engineering analysis, communication and relationships.

• The program renewal process follows the teaching cycle of identifying professional needs, defining learning outcomes, creating learning activities and finding learning resources, assessing and evaluating, leading back to a review of the needs in each cycle. This is consistent with a quality approach, such as that expected by the AUQA 4 and the IEAust 3.

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

Hadgraft, R. (2003, June), Program Renewal For Sustainable Engineering At Rmit University, Melbourne, Australia Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11586

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