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Assessing Skills Development Across The Undergraduate Degree Programme: An IEP Review – Biochemical Engineering

Nweke, MC; (2021) Assessing Skills Development Across The Undergraduate Degree Programme: An IEP Review – Biochemical Engineering. Journal of Engineering Education Transformations , 34 p. 93. 10.16920/jeet/2021/v34i0/157111. Green open access

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Abstract

Ensuring technical competency has traditionally been at the centre of engineering pedagogy in university education, however with ever more increasing emphasis on the need for professional skills by accreditation bodies and employers, there have been pressures on the education system to address this. Communication and teamwork competencies have been shown to be the most highly coveted by employers and in 2014, the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) at UCL was designed to address the inclusion of professional skills development in the curriculum in the first year of undergraduate studies. However, what is not clear is whether these skills are transferred into 2nd and 3rd year. This study investigated this by interviewing members of staff in Biochemical Engineering responsible for modules where these skills form part of the learning outcomes. The results indicate that whilst there is a general consensus that presentation skills are well developed, issues still arise in 2nd and 3rd year with teamwork skills and possible contributing factors could be related to a lack of awareness of suitable team formation strategies. Further findings included changes in students’ perception of skills-based teaching as well as the need for sharing of best practice among IEP-related and non-IEP related staff alike.

Type: Article
Title: Assessing Skills Development Across The Undergraduate Degree Programme: An IEP Review – Biochemical Engineering
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.16920/jeet/2021/v34i0/157111
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.16920/jeet/2021/v34i0/157111
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Skills in engineering education, communication, teamwork, Integrated Engineering Programme, Biochemical Engineering
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Biochemical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10128109
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