Final Year Induction - Re-motivation and Re-engagement

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Maxine Humphries-Smith, Tania; Glasspool, Chris
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Section: Best Practice in Design Education
Page(s): 281-286
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


This paper considers design education in practice and reports on a new experience undertaken at Bournemouth University with final year BA/BSc Product Design students. Increasingly, students returning to the final year of the programme have struggled in recent years to both develop credible final year project proposals and also re-engage with academic life and meet the expectations held of them at Honours level. Therefore, the final year project team took the decision to implement a new strategy for the start of the final year in September 2011. The students returned to University a week early and undertook an intensive, week long, programme that was specifically designed to:
a) Engage them fully with a return to academic life and set expectations of final year
b) Expose them to a wide range of opportunities to seek meaningful problems that would benefit from a product based solution.
This paper expands upon the structure of the week and the activities that were undertaken by students and also provides feedback on the experience from the perspective of both academic staff and students. The paper concludes with a detailed evaluation of the experience and what has been learnt. However, the experience has been deemed to be a success by both staff and students and planning for a similar experience next year has already begun, along with a plan to roll out the principles to all design courses within the Framework.

Keywords: Induction, final year major project, engagement; motivation


Please sign in to your account

This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to assist with navigation and your ability to provide feedback, analyse your use of our products and services, assist with our promotional and marketing efforts, and provide content from third parties. Privacy Policy.