Improving generic skills among engineering students through problem based learning in statistics engineering course

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Abstract

Malaysia is currently a provisional member of the Washington Accord and also the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) in Malaysia. The implementation of the EAC criteria into Engineering Courses is critical to the success of engineering education. The EAC criteria emphasize on Outcome-Based Education (OBE) in engineering education. The OBE focuses on outcomes in the preparation of graduates to compete effectively for professional careers in this field and with the motivation for personal and professional growth through lifelong learning. The early step taken in the process of implementing OBE is to establish Programmes Outcomes (PO). PO is a method of assessment for OBE. One of the POs used is related to measuring generic skills such as communications and teamwork skills. Hence, one of the methods to assess these POs is by using Problem Based Learning (PBL) in order to overcome the lack of problem solving and application knowledge in mathematics and basic statistics among the engineering students. PBL is a student centered teaching technique that emphasizes meaningful learning through the solution of open-ended problems carried out in group/team. Thus, in this paper, we discuss the first introduction of PBL in Statistics Engineering Course in University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Our findings revealed that PBL improved student interests, critical thinking and problem solving. However, some drawbacks are also noted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-278
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Volume33
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Cooperative learning
  • Generic skills
  • Outcome-Based education
  • Problem based learning
  • Programmes outcomes
  • Statistics engineering

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