Role of engineering design in enhancing ABET outcomes of engg programs at Taif University

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Al-Badrawy A. Abo Al-Nasr

ABSTRACT

Engineering Design is an introductory course in the curriculumof all engineering disciplines in many of engineering programs worldwide. The objective of this course is to enhance students’ soft skills through understanding of the learning materials and to motivate students to improve self-learning skills.ProgramOutcomes (POs) are strong indicators for their ability to understand curriculum content materials at both levels;Course and Program. Active Learning Approaches (ALAs) are used as a learning culture for this course.Systematic assessment of student achievement in engineering design is an important part of program curriculum and vital to accreditation of engineering programs. Direct and indirect measures assess and evaluate the level of outcomes attainment throughout the course of the educational process. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire through their progress in the program.One of the main vehicles of this study is survey that is conducted to students regarding the level of their satisfaction in achieving Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs). Analysis of the survey results along with the students’ grades will be employed as a basis for continuous improvement in teaching and learning practices in engineering programs at Taif University.The indications are that the students enjoy the course and they have become more positive to the gained skills and realize their importance. Addition results and discussionsof the role played by engineering design in enhancing soft skills, in the engineering programs, will be presented

Keywords

engineering design; active learning; soft skill; program outcomes;ABET

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