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Integration of real-world project tasks in a course on automation and robot engineering
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
(English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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The modern engineering profession requires classical technical skills combined with creativity and a high proficiency in cooperation and sustainable development. Research indicates that the engineering education should adapt better to this. This paper presents and evaluates the integration of open-ended real-world project group tasks in an introduction course on automation and robot engineering. We used extensive written student course evaluations, the students’ examination results and the teachers’ experience for evaluation. Six occasions of the updated course are evaluated against the previous classical course. Both the students and the teachers greatly appreciated the new course. There was a strong indication that the students’ theoretical knowledge and understanding of the subject had improved, both with regards to the technical depth and to the increasingly important non-technical engineering skills. This was achieved without increasing their work load. It is likely that the presented teaching approach can be used also in other engineering courses.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-334555DiVA: diva2:1159857
Available from: 2017-11-23 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2017-12-07
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