Product Development Project Courses in an Engineering Design Degree Program

DS 69: Proceedings of E&PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, London, UK, 08.-09.09.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Kovacevic, Ahmed, Ion, William, McMahon, Chris, Buck, Lyndon and Hogarth, Peter
Author: Ala, Soraia; Gomes, Antonio; Torcato, Ricardo
Series: E&PDE
Section: Professional Perspectives
Page(s): 379-384


The main objective of this paper is to briefly characterize the first cycle degree program Technology and Product Design offered by the University of Aveiro and present the project courses of this interdisciplinary curriculum in order to contribute to the discussion about engineering design education pedagogy. The four project courses, based on a project-based learning model, are described and analyzed, supported on courses' specific characteristics, structure, outputs, group sizes and pedagogical practices. Moreover, to verify the contributionof project-based learning to the success of the project courses, assessment criteria and approval rates are discussed.

Keywords: Engineering design education, project-based learning, project courses


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