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Human-centred design knowledge into maritime engineering education; theoretical framework


Abeysiriwardhane, A and Lutzhoft, M and Petersen, ES and Enshaei, H, Human-centred design knowledge into maritime engineering education; theoretical framework, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 21, (2) pp. 49-60. ISSN 2205-4952 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/22054952.2017.1287038


Maritime designers engaged in the ship design process seem to be fairly unaware about human factors (HF), human-centred design (HCD) and the operational issues that ships’ crew are facing during their sea time. This is likely due to the combined effect of poor maritime HF education in maritime design engineering courses and poor ‘post-design’ contact with those who work onboard the ships. In order to address this issue, recent research studies suggest focusing on transferring HF/HCD knowledge to maritime design engineering students’ education in a more targeted, engineering-oriented fashion. This paper presents a theoretical framework and its proposed application to facilitate the maritime design engineering undergraduates to learn HF/ HCD concepts and apply them during design process. The proposed framework is developed by connecting Problem-Based Learning and Peer-Led Team Learning student-centred pedagogies with Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development theory that is central to Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory. The final-year design project unit of the Bachelor of engineering degree at Australian Maritime College is chosen to operationalise the proposed framework through a Participatory Action Research methodological framework, which is considered appropriate to study the effectiveness of a teaching intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:human-centred design, maritime design engineering education, human-centred design champion, ship/ maritime designer, maritime design
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Abeysiriwardhane, A (Dr Apsara Abeysiriwardhane)
UTAS Author:Lutzhoft, M (Professor Margareta Lutzhoft)
UTAS Author:Petersen, ES (Dr Erik Styhr Petersen)
UTAS Author:Enshaei, H (Dr Hossein Enshaei)
ID Code:121464
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-09-29
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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