Based on solid principles for learning, a curriculum for our BEng programme in Civil Engineering has been built around large interdisciplinary so-called umbrella courses. Within a digital framework, the courses – in a novel way – combine motivating project work on authentic cases with embedded theory modules to generalise the learning, giving the students coherent, sustainable and applicable competences including important generic competences. The students find the umbrella courses very challenging, so a firm structure with a high level of information and rigorous planning has been necessary. Developing the umbrella concept has been a long and challenging, yet qualifying process for the teaching teams made up of engaged professors from several departments, and the rewards are now beginning to show. The students feel they get good learning, which is seen in the high grades, and older students, who first experienced the umbrella course, now see the value of the interdisciplinary approach and praise the courses for laying the foundation for a good education.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the SEFI 47th Annual Conference|
|Number of pages||11|
|Place of Publication||Budapest, Hungary|
|Publisher||European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||The 47th SEFI Annual Conference: Varietas delectat… Complexity is the new normality - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary|
Duration: 16 Sep 2019 → 19 Sep 2019
Conference number: 47
|Conference||The 47th SEFI Annual Conference|
|Location||Budapest University of Technology and Economics|
|Period||16/09/2019 → 19/09/2019|
- CDIO project course
Christensen, H. P., Molin, J., & Schelling, A. (2019). Umbrella Courses at the BEng programme in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. In Proceedings of the SEFI 47th Annual Conference Budapest, Hungary: European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI).