Title: A guide for entry level PBL courses in engineering

Authors: Peter Gibbings, Mick Morgan

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia. ' Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia

Abstract: The University of Southern Queensland has recently introduced problem-based learning (PBL) as core courses in all its Engineering programs. Core courses typically have enrolments of several hundred students, most of whom study off-campus. This paper reports the development, implementation and critical evaluation of a guide for these PBL courses. The guide is a full course management guide that has been used to assist in addressing the training needs of a wide range of staff members involved in the PBL courses. It is a unique source of consolidated information that is particularly relevant where large numbers of off-campus students are involved.

Keywords: PBL; problem-based learning; facilitators; engineering education; training; external study; surveying; course management; off-campus students; Australia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2005.007716

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2005 Vol.15 No.3/4/5/6, pp.276 - 290

Published online: 03 Sep 2005 *

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