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Multiple complementary partnerships in engineering education

Jocelyn Armarego
School of Engineering, Murdoch University
Sally Clarke
Teaching and Learning Centre, Murdoch University
Requirements Engineering (RE) has been classed as a 'wicked' problem that is not well addressed by traditional formal education: studies show that the knowledge taught does not match the knowledge needed to be applied in daily work. Further studies suggest that the prescribed syllabus of formal courses is a major factor in the mismatch. This is the impetus for the review of the unit offered through the School of Engineering. It involves the development of a series of partnerships leading to a course that provides a solid foundation in subject matter while at the same time exposing students to inherent characteristics associated with real RE problems and the knowledge needed to solve them: This paper looks at the characteristics of these partnerships in the context of the redevelopment of the Requirements Engineering unit, and the issues raised by implementing PBL for learning basic disciplinary knowledge.
Please cite as: Armarego, J. and Clarke, S. (2003). Multiple complementary partnerships in engineering education. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/armarego-abs.html

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