Collaboration between courses in the interdisciplinary course Food Microbiology

Tina Birk, Lars Bogø Jensen, Pernille Hammar Andersson

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Food Microbiology is an interdisciplinary 12.5 ETCS second-year) course in a CDIO-based Bachelor of Engineering program in Food Science at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The course was first offered in 2011. Each session in the Food Microbiology course combines theory and practice in order to strengthen the students’ application-oriented competences and engagement. In this paper the results from the evaluation of the course will be presented and a discussion will be carried out about how the students responded to the multidisciplinary, real-life projects and how it affects student learning.
The aims of this study were to test 1) the students’ perception combining theory with small laboratory exercises and 2) the students’ perception of how the course collaborates with and combines theories and practices from other current semester courses. The students evaluated the course in general using the Course Experience Questionnaire (Ramsden, 1991) and by answering a questionnaire concerning the collaboration between the other courses.
It can be concluded that the combination of: theory/laboratory exercises/report writing stimulated the students’ motivation and that collaboration between other mandatory semester courses mainly was rated positively by the students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th international CDIO conference
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event10th International CDIO Conference: Sharing successful engineering education experiences - Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 201419 Jun 2014
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International CDIO Conference
LocationUniversitat Politecnica De Catalunya
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  • Interdisciplinary
  • Collaboration
  • Motivation
  • Evaluation
  • CDIO standards
  • 6 and 8


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  • 10th International CDIO Conference

    Tina Birk (Participant)

    15 Jun 201419 Jun 2014

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  • 10th International CDIO Conference

    Lars Bogø Jensen (Participant)

    15 Jun 201419 Jun 2014

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