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Students’ Entrance Requirement and Success in Engineering Programmes

Kamsah, M. Z. and Jusoh, M. and Muis, Z. (2004) Students’ Entrance Requirement and Success in Engineering Programmes. In: Conference On Engineering Education (CEE 2004), 14-15 December 2004, Kuala Lumpur.



Engineering programmes in Malaysia have been generally taking in first year students with strict combination of subjects Maths, Chemistry and Physics at the matriculation or STPM level. The faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering at University Technology of Malaysia has taken for the first time students with combination of Maths, Chemistry and Biology (‘biology students’, N=162) together with those taking the normal combination of Maths, Chemistry and Physics (‘physics students’, N=104) for its five year engineering programmes. After two semesters of undergoing the programmes it was found that 12.96% of the biology students scored cumulative point average (CPA) = 3.0, 79.01% with 2.99 = CPA = 2.0 and 8.02% with CPA < 2.0. Biology students have a mean of the CPA of 2.47 and a median of 2.39 whereas the physics students have a mean of 2.7 and a median of 2.73. Differences of performance for the two groups in engineering subjects such as Statics, Thermodynamics, and Mass and Energy Balances are also highlighted in this paper.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Engineering Programmes, FSKSA
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Formerly known)
ID Code:574
Deposited By: Mr Mohd Zamri Ramli
Deposited On:16 Feb 2007 08:19
Last Modified:17 Feb 2012 05:21

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