Experiences, and student and teacher feedback, on the integration of hands-on project work in the first year engineering studies
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › Scientific › peer-review
|Title of host publication||SEFI 2016 Annual Conference Proceedings|
|Subtitle of host publication||Engineering Education on Top of the Wolrd: Industry University Cooperation|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Sep 2016|
|Publication type||A4 Article in a conference publication|
|Event||Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - |
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …
|Conference||Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education|
|Period||1/01/00 → …|
Smooth and motivating start to university studies is extremely essential to students’ further study motivation and study success. There are many factors affecting students’ performance in university studies, including the theoretical topics of the subject matter, but what is surprisingly important to the later success both in studies and future work life, are so called generic skills. In addition, every subject matter has its’ own special skills, these have to be known and understood, in order to achieve expert level and become a professional in that field. The subject related skills can be combined with generic skills, both are something a student have to assimilate during his/her studies in order to fulfil the requirements of an engineer.
Engineering students are very motivated and eager to do hands-on work. In order to boost the students’ motivation and learning results, a hands-on project work was included in the first year’s first study period’s curriculum. The main intention in this project work was to help students to connect theoretical studies to real life engineering cases, and to provide them the basis of hands-on skills that every electrical engineer needs. In addition, the students were introduced to business thinking and basics of entrepreneurship. The project work was found very interesting by almost all the students.
In this study, we will share practical experience and as well student feedback as teacher feedback about the inclusion of subject related skills together with generic skills into the first year curriculum in engineering BSc studies.