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Evaluating our success in engineering new degrees

SIMONS, R; STEGEMANN, J; ROBSON, S; (2010) Evaluating our success in engineering new degrees. In: (Proceedings) UCL Teaching and Learning (TILT). : London.

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Abstract

Four years ago, CEGE introduced undergraduate degree programmes with a challenging new structure - challenging for students, staff and administration. The first MEng cohort graduate this summer: here we reflect on how reality has challenged our idealistic aims. The new degrees arose from consultation with schools and industry. The aims were to attract bright students and to produce clear thinking, innovative graduates with good communication and management skills, unconstrained by vocational boundaries. The key actions were to raise admissions criteria, broaden the curriculum, and impose a new timetable, course structure and methods of assessment. While not all has gone to plan, results are encouraging: marks are higher and consistent across all years of study; students are effective in team work and project management; there is greater engagement with study abroad, voluntary work and employment opportunities; administratively, the system has worked effectively; and the degrees have attracted much interest outside UCL

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Evaluating our success in engineering new degrees
Event:UCL Teaching and Learning (TILT)
Location:UCL, London
Dates:2010-07-05 - 2010-07-09
Publisher version:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/calt/tilt2010/index.php
Keywords:Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Education
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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