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Industry and the engineering student : a marriage made in heaven?

Short, T. D. and Garside, J. A. and Appleton, E. A. (2003) 'Industry and the engineering student : a marriage made in heaven?', Global journal of engineering education., 7 (1). pp. 77-86.


Engineering can be one of the most rewarding careers available to graduates, requiring continued problem solving and the application of theory learned at university. Despite this, many engineering courses fail to make use of the opportunities available through student-industry interaction. The School of Engineering at the University of Durham, Durham, England, UK, has developed a number of teaching methods within two of its fourth year streams. All the methods rely on continued and extensive industrial contact and are beneficial, not only for the student, but also for the industrial partners. The article is an investigation into the teaching methods used, including the methodology, and a consideration of the benefits for students. It article goes on to see how the work done by students within the methodology is perceived by the industrial contacts. It is concluded that, through these methods, the University of Durham has indeed been able to provide an arranged marriage between students and companies and that this marriage could further be considered as being made in heaven.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Teaching methods, Theory, Assessment, Problem solving, Companies.
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Record Created:27 Feb 2007
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 16:21

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