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Problem-based learning in facilities planning: a pilot implementation

Mohd. Yusof, Khairiyah and Syed Hassan, Syed Ahmad Helmi and Abd. Hamid, Mohd. Kamaruddin and Hassim, Mimi Haryani (2005) Problem-based learning in facilities planning: a pilot implementation. In: Asia Pasific Forum on Engineering and Technology Education, 26-29 September 2005, Bangkok.

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Abstract

In Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Problem Based Learning (PBL) is proposed as an alternative to lectures in moulding engineering graduates to acquire attributes that are required to excel in today’s k-economy. To investigate if PBL is viable for undergraduates in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, a pilot implementation of PBL in Facilities Planning, a subject required for final year Mechanical Engineering undergraduates with specialization in Industrial Engineering was executed. With 60 students in the class, the whole syllabus of the subject was covered using three main PBL problems. PBL was conducted with the help of industrial partners: a semiconductor company, and a furniture factory. The outcome of the implementation was highly encouraging. Students were able to illustrate good understanding of the content, while progressively exhibiting maturity in their generic skills, such as communication, team-working, self-directed learning and problem-solving. However, several aspects of the execution can be further improved.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Formerly known)
ID Code:991
Deposited By: Pn Norazana Ibrahim
Deposited On:23 Feb 2007 07:30
Last Modified:25 May 2012 01:56

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