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MEng by Taught Course: The UTM Scenario

Normah , M. G. and A. Hasan, A. and Mazlan, A. W. and M. Kassim, A. J. and Mohsin, S. and Awaludin, M. S. (2004) MEng by Taught Course: The UTM Scenario. In: Conference On Engineering Education (CEE 2004), 14-15 December 2004, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

The increased complexity and rapidly changing nature of technology has increased the demands for scientists and engineers to acquire continuing education and up-to-date work skills in order to cope with these challenges. No where are these needs more pronounced than in Malaysia as the country slowly but surely ploughs its course in meeting its vision of becoming a fully developed nation by 2020. Acknowledging this acute need for providing continuing education and further learning, many local universities have responded by offering a wide range of post-graduate courses. Significant emphasis on higher learning above the basic degree has shown an increase in the past 5 years. The design of these courses depends on many factors such as how each institution perceives the needs of the nation, its vision and definition of its own role in helping to fulfill these needs, response and input from industries, students expectations, available facilities and capabilities of teaching staff and so on. Therefore no two courses are ever the same as the inputs, transformation mechanisms and expected outputs of the programmes vary greatly from one institution to another. This paper discusses the factors influencing the curriculum design of a Master in Mechanical Engineering by coursework programme at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UTM. The programme with its theoretical, experimental and numerical approach fulfils the requirement of academia in colleges, university colleges, polytechnics and institutions of higher learning which have sprung up in recent years. Through provision of a deliberate selection of a wide range of specialised academic subjects, the course also addresses the needs of industries and government institutions in terms of more in-depth study of fundamentals in mechanical engineering. Some innovative features of the program such as its Independent Studies, Graduate Seminars, and University-wide free electives are also highlighted in line with world-wide changes in postgraduate education. The paper also highlights other outstanding issues which need to be resolved in order for this course to help propel Malaysia to be a regional and international education hub in line with vision 2020.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:MEng,Taught Course, UTM, FKM
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:595
Deposited By: Mr Mohd Zamri Ramli
Deposited On:16 Feb 2007 08:35
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 02:46

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