MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM AT DTU AND THE APPLICATION OF CDIO IN FIRST YEAR COURSES.

Niels Houbak, Peder Klit

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Abstract

In the last couple of years, DTU has been through the same major changes in the struc¬ture of the educational system as many other of the European universities have. The implemen¬tation of the Bologna declaration results in the cancellation of the traditional 5 years Masters degree and a build-up of new 3 years Bachelors and 2 years Masters Educations. Though special attention has been paid to not making too many drastic changes, a lot of effort has gone into a re-thinking of study plans, goals, possibilities and inappropriate situations. In the mechanical engineering area the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering deliver the technical courses for the Bachelor education (called Production and Engineering Design, P&E). In cooperation the two departments gives an introductory ‘Engineering Work’ course with much emphasis on the CDIO philosophy. This course in particular but also the design of the study plan will be described in this paper as will an ongoing effort on evaluating the current curriculum with improvements in mind. A part of this evaluation of the curriculum will involve an analysis of first year courses among some of the universities participating in the CDIO initiative and comparing this with the goals set and results achieved at DTU. It should be mentioned here, that traditionally, the students coming from the Danish high school system have an almost lifelong experience in some of the professional, personal and interpersonal CDIO skills, group work, team work, report writing, communication etc. To a large extend this reduces the effort that we usually put directly into teaching those topics and allow us to put more emphasis on developing their technical skills and only make sure that their proficiency in personal and professional skills are maintained and developed to a reasonable extend.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st Annual CDIO Conference
VolumeCD
Publication date2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventCDIO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND COLLABORATORS' MEETING : QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY,Kingston, Ontario, Canada - QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY,Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …

Conference

ConferenceCDIO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND COLLABORATORS' MEETING : QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY,Kingston, Ontario, Canada
CityQUEEN'S UNIVERSITY,Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Period01/01/2005 → …

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