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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
A first year module which introduces students to the social dimension of engineering is described. The key teaching tool is the use of group projects to develop students’ learning skills. The importance of addressing the motivation for engineering students studying non-technical modules is emphasised. Data used to evaluate the module is presented. It is shown that the nature of the project undertaken affects the attainment of learning outcomes. The conclusion focuses on some shortcomings of the module and highlights the importance of appropriately structuring the learning environment to facilitate self-directed learning by early year students.
Conlon, E. (2008). Integrating Engineering Ethics and Research Skills in a First Year Programme. International Symposium for Engineering Education 2008, pp.145-56