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Strengthening Teaching And Research The Use Of Industry Links And Case Studies

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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IE Outreach and Advancement

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9.1122.1 - 9.1122.11

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Bullen Frank

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Strengthening Teaching and Research: The Use of Industry Links and Case Studies

Vishy Karri, Frank Bullen School of Engineering, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia


One approach to develop teaching and research in an engineering school is collaborative partnerships with local industry. The School of Engineering at the University of Tasmania, Australia has adopted this approach systematically and now enjoys a number of productive collaborative research and training partnerships with businesses and industries across the state. The partnerships foster scholarly and scientific cooperation at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also serve to assist the development of graduate attributes by the inclusions of industry case studies in the teaching programs. The paper provides some details of how the School sources its partners and uses the research-teaching nexus to enrich teaching


As in most professional degree programs, engineering must address the professional development of its undergraduates, instilling within the students an understanding and appreciation of the profession into which they will graduate. Engineering accreditation bodies such as Engineers Australia (EA) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) typically indicate to teaching institutions the desirable attributes that they feel graduates should possess on entering the profession. The teaching institutions then must be able to demonstrate to the accreditors how their engineering programs hlep imbue students with those desired attributes.

Engineering Schools with strong links to industry are able to use the links to assist the development of profession skills in their teaching (and research programs) via incorporation of case studies and state of the art industry practice. The graduate attributes identified by Engineers Australia are listed below and those attributes best able to be developed with the aid of industry links and case studies are shown in italics.

Engineers Australia Graduate Attributes (a) Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals (b) Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large. (c) In depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline. (d) Ability to understand problem identification, formulation and solution (e) Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance. (f) Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

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Frank, B. (2004, June), Strengthening Teaching And Research The Use Of Industry Links And Case Studies Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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