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On the design of learning outcomes for the undergraduate engineer's final year project

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The course for the final year project for engineering students, because of its strongly research-based, open-ended format, tends to not have well defined learning outcomes, which are also not aligned with any accepted pedagogical philosophy or learning technology. To address this problem, the revised Bloom's taxonomy table of Anderson and Krathwohl (2001) is utilised, as suggested previously by Lee and Lai (2007), to design new learning outcomes for the final year project course in engineering education. Based on the expectations of the engineering graduate, and integrating these graduate expectations into the six cognitive processes and four knowledge dimensions of the taxonomy table, 24 learning outcomes have been designed. It is proposed that these 24 learning outcomes be utilised as a suitable working template to inspire more critical evaluation of what is expected to be learnt by engineering students undertaking final year research or capstone projects.
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Keywords: capstone project; revised Bloom's taxonomy; rubric; taxonomy table

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: 01 March 2011

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