Comparative study between open ended laboratory and traditional laboratory

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Abstract

The traditional laboratory work based on guided assignment will not be adequate within the outcome based learning environment. Innovative approaches that require active involvement of the students in the learning activities are necessary in ensuring that the targeted learning outcomes are achieved. The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, introduced open ended laboratory work in 2008 as part of the effort to provide suitable learning environment for the students to achieve the learning outcomes. This paper describes a comparison study between traditional and open ended laboratory; the implementation of the open ended laboratory and its impact on the overall students learning experience with emphasis on programme outcomes. The open ended laboratory assignment was first implemented in the first semester of the 2008-2009 academic years. The students are divided in groups of four and were only given a statement on their laboratory assignment. They are required to determine the objectives and the scope of the laboratory assignment, to identify the necessary apparatus and prepare the step by step methodology. Each group is required to prepare a report on the above elements and present the results. They are graded based on the originality of their idea, results and discussion from the laboratory assignment and oral presentation. Initially the students had some difficulties because they were not familiar with such laboratory assignment. However, the performance was improved in the proceeding semesters and they are better prepared for their final year research project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2011
Pages40-44
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2011 - Amman
Duration: 4 Apr 20116 Apr 2011

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Other2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2011
CityAmman
Period4/4/116/4/11

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Keywords

  • Independent learning
  • learning outcomes
  • open-ended laboratory
  • traditional laboratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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Comparative study between open ended laboratory and traditional laboratory. / Abd Rahman, Norliza; Tan Kofli, Noorhisham; Takriff, Mohd Sobri; Sheikh Abdullah, Siti Rozaimah.

2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2011. 2011. p. 40-44 5773110.

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Abd Rahman, N, Tan Kofli, N, Takriff, MS & Sheikh Abdullah, SR 2011, Comparative study between open ended laboratory and traditional laboratory. in 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2011., 5773110, pp. 40-44, 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2011, Amman, 4/4/11. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2011.5773110
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