Revision of the qualification framework at the Technical University of Denmark: Part 1: Concepts

Kaj-Åge Henneberg*

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Abstract

When the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) adopted the National Qualification Framework (NQF), it was implemented as an add-on to the existing concept in place for describing educational outcomes, rather than by redesigning the educational outcomes themselves. The system in place does not emphasize the type and extent of knowledge, skills, and competencies adequately to facilitate programme development and evaluations. In this work, an expansion and reorganization of the qualification elements in the NQF at DTU is proposed as a means to facilitate a more detailed design and evaluation of the educational programmes. The top level categories of knowledge, skills, and competencies are reorganized into four categories: -to know, - to be, -to interact, and -to do. Knowledge of praxis is a new element in the category -to know. The new category, -to be, includes mind-set development and self-instruction. The category, -to interact, includes competencies in communication and teamwork. The category, -to do, includes operative skills and competencies in problem solving. Each of the four main categories contain a number of qualification elements. Suitable taxonomies are suggested for each of the main categories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Publication date2017
Pages653-660
ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017: Education Excellence For Sustainability - The cultural and congress center of Angra do Heroísmo, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017
Conference number: 45
http://www.sefi2017.eu/

Conference

Conference45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017
Number45
LocationThe cultural and congress center of Angra do Heroísmo
CountryPortugal
CityAngra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores
Period18/09/201721/09/2017
SponsorDassault Systèmes Deutschland GmbH, Granta, MathWorks, Inc., National Instruments, Project Management Institute, Quanser
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Keywords

  • Constructive alignment
  • Educational outcomes
  • Qualification framework

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