AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT IN UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo, Clara Cheung, Rukaiyatu Jungudo, Anisa Gumel, Qingyao Qiao, Dania Abideen, Shaikha AlSanad

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Abstract

Cross-disciplinary courses in university engineering programmes provide supplemental knowledge that core technical subjects alone cannot provide. However, studies have shown that engineering students do not interact with such courses even when they appear complex, which affects educational success. Therefore, this study's main objective is to determine the root causes of such limited levels of engagement, using fishbone diagrams (FBDs), fault tree analysis (FTA), and reliability block diagrams (RBDs) for data collection and analysis. Data was collected from a multidisciplinary cohort of mechanical, aerospace, and civil engineering students over a 5-year period. The top root causes were identified as "perception of engineering" and "nature of contents." The findings of this study were then used to create a revamped industry-inspired curriculum and multi-faceted assessment that is now currently deployed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Education
Place of PublicationSri Lanka
Chapter7
Pages72-82
Number of pages11
Volume9
Edition1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2023

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