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dc.contributor.authorLindsay, Euan
dc.contributor.authorMunt, Roger
dc.contributor.authorRogers, Helen
dc.contributor.authorScott, David
dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Karen
dc.contributor.editorLlewellyn Mann
dc.contributor.editorAdam Thompson
dc.contributor.editorPrue Howard
dc.identifier.citationLindsey, Euan and Munt, Roger and Rogers, Helen and Scott, David and Sullivan, Karen. 2008. Engineering students or student engineers?, in Mann, L. and Thompson, A. and Howard. P. (ed), Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Dec 7 2008, Yeppoon, QLD: CQUniversity.

This paper reports on an innovative unit that embeds the acquisition of communication and professional skills into a technically based project. The project revolves around two engineering artefacts: a popsicle-stick bridge and a mousetrap-powered car. The design and construction of each artefact are conducted by different teams of students – each team designs a bridge and constructs a car, or vice versa. The core principle behind this approach is requiring the students to act as Student Engineers, rather than as engineering students. Requiring students to work both as designers and constructors introduces them to the different communication requirements of each role. More powerfully, they also portray the role of the clients for each others’ engineering project, providing a valuable alternative perspective. The project has led to significant improvements in students’ communication skills as well as their development of their identities as professional engineers.

dc.titleEngineering students or student engineers?
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleProceedings of AAEE 2008
dcterms.source.seriesProceedings of AAEE 2008
dcterms.source.conferenceAustralasian Association for Engineering Education 2008
dcterms.source.conference-start-date7 Dec 2008
dcterms.source.conferencelocationYeppoon, QLD
dcterms.source.placeRockhampton, QLD
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Science and Engineering
curtin.facultyDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
curtin.facultySchool of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

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