Title: Towards problem-based engineering education

Authors: S.M.A. Suliman

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038, Isa Town, Bahrain

Abstract: This paper presents problem-based engineering education (PBEE) as a new approach to engineering education that is based on the problem-based learning (PBL) philosophy. PBEE provides both a curriculum and a process in an educational format that is centred on the discussion and learning that emanates from an engineering-based problem. The PBEE curriculum will expose the student to carefully selected and well-designed problems that demand from him acquisition of critical knowledge, problem-solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies and team participation skills. The process is typical of the systematic approach used for resolving problems or meeting challenges that are encountered in a career. The paper outlines a modular structure for the implementation of the PBEE concept. The modular structure consists of three phases: pre-engineering, engineering science and practice, and professional skills.

Keywords: engineering education; undergraduate engineering curriculum; problem-based learning; problem-based engineering education; factory-aided engineering education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2004.004582

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.167 - 175

Published online: 13 May 2004 *

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