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dc.contributor.authorLindsay, Euan
dc.contributor.editorLlewellyn Mann and Roger Hadgraft
dc.identifier.citationLindsay, Euan. 2009. The relationship between first year engineering students' perceptions of workload and stress, in Mann, L. and Hadgraft, R. (ed), Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Jul 20 2009, Cairns, QLD: Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne.

Engineering degree programs are notorious for placing considerable demands upon their students. Balancing study and work is a challenge faced by an increasing number of undergraduate students. There is an implicit assumption that an increase in workload results in more stress for the students; however a closer examination of the situation reveals greater complexity. This paper presents data gathered in a semester-long weekly survey of first year engineering students. Students were asked to rate their stress levels and workload relative to normal, and they were also asked to give an absolute rating for their stress levels. Their self-reported levels of workload and stress are compared to each other and to the number of hours reported for study and paid employment. This comparison shows that while in general workload and stress are indeed linked, there is a substantial proportion of the cohort for whom these factors appear to be independent. In particular the link between absolute stress and workload appears weaker, suggesting that the issue may not be the actual level of stress, but rather the students’ perceptions of what constitutes a “normal” workload at a university level.

dc.publisherMelbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
dc.titleThe relationship between first year engineering students' perceptions of workload and stress
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.title2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium
dcterms.source.series2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium
dcterms.source.conference2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium
dcterms.source.conference-start-date20 Jul 2009
dcterms.source.conferencelocationCairns, QLD
dcterms.source.placeMelbourne, Australia

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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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