COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT IN AN INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT DESIGN COURSE
DS 48: Proceedings DESIGN 2008, the 10th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Kovačević, A.
Section: Teaching, education and training
Page(s): 1383 - 1392
The European Global Product Realisation course brings innovation to engineering education by adopting a holistic approach to the development of student competences. The students from five European countries and the UK based company were involved in the project forming an academic virtual enterprise. The main aspects of such an international project are reviewed and impact on educational goals at City University to meet UK industrial requirements was evaluated. The paper outlines how undergraduate students from different backgrounds combined theory and practice to make a product that brought a new approach to industry. The use of e-learning and video conferencing systems is discussed and measures for further improvements are proposed.
Keywords: academic virtual enterprise, educating engineers for industry, interdisciplinary design, engineering design competences, education and research