Performance of undergraduate students in conducting research in two engineering programmes

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In the last five years, UKM has been very active in promoting research and development activities after being selected as one of the leading research institutions in the country. Postgraduate students enrolment has been increasing since, but it was perceived that a very low percentage of UKM undergraduate students have registered into postgraduate programmes by research in UKM. This paper analysed the performance of undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering Department in the last four academic sessions in various aspects according to the assessment rubrics, and presented the general strengths and weaknesses of our undergraduate students in conducting research through final year project courses. The analysis shows that the students were strong in presentation and report writing but relatively weaker in documenting the progress of the research in logbooks and in writing journal articles. Further analysis of report writing and presentation skills demonstrated that by providing better instructions and lessons in writing the discussion and conclusions chapters, and in defending the research project during presentation may increase the students’ research skills hence improve the overall performance of the graduates from this department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume10
Issue numberSpec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May...
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Final year project
  • Postgraduate
  • Research skills

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  • Engineering(all)

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