Australasian Journal of Engineering Education

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, June

Applying Narrative to the Delivery of the Ill-Defined Domain of Manufacturing Systems to Undergraduate Students
1 INTRODUCTION The relating of stories to students is not something one immediately associates with undergraduate engineering education. If questioned about likely fruitful areas of application for stories and narrative in education most engineering...
Communication Simulation in Construction Management Education: Evaluating Learning Effectiveness
1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND The general significance and strategic role of communication in engineering communities and the resulting requirement for change of university curricula has been shown by Lappalainen (2009). Human factors such as social...
Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Education Quality through Teaching Assistants (Tutors/demonstrators)
1 INTRODUCTION There has been an increase in the number of students entering tertiary education institutions in the past decades, and this increase has had an influence on the staffing situation. Like other discipline areas that have experienced...
Helping Engineering Academics to Undertake Education Research: A Model for Practice
1 INTRODUCTION Helping academics to engage with and investigate their own teaching practices is difficult. Some are hesitant to question their current practices, or lack the skills, time and confidence to investigate and evaluate the effectiveness...
Identification of Threshold Concepts Involved in Early Electronics: Some New Methods and Results
1 INTRODUCTION To students, threshold concepts (TCs) (Cousin, 2006) are abnormally troublesome to learn. To practitioners their importance lies in the transformation in the "ways of thinking and practising" of the learner as Davies (2006) put it,...
Modern Enhancements in Teaching Design Theories to Mechanical Engineering Students
1 INTRODUCTION Design education focuses on teaching students how to do design, and these design courses could be offered from freshmen to senior year at universities depending on the curriculum requirements (Tomiyama et al, 2009). Adams et al (2003)...
Using Interactive Lecture Demonstrations to Improve Conceptual Understanding of Resonance in an Electronics Course
1 INTRODUCTION Teaching an introductory electronics course can be very challenging as students often have deep misconceptions concerning the operation of basic electric circuits. Many of these misconceptions are well documented in the literature...
Work Readiness of Final-Year Civil Engineering Students at Victoria University: A Survey
1 INTRODUCTION Civil engineering is a broad-based discipline involving the planning, design, construction and management of a wide range of essential community infrastructure including, commercial and industrial buildings, water supply and wastewater...