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An innovative multi-disciplinary programme to foster maritime engineering students' complex problem solving skills through practical activities at sea

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Thomas, G and Furness, P and Gaston, T and Lambert, C and Schaeffer, P and Virieux, J, An innovative multi-disciplinary programme to foster maritime engineering students' complex problem solving skills through practical activities at sea, Proceedings of the International Conference on the Education & Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry, 7-8 December 2011, Newcastle, UK, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-1-905040-93-3 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2011 Royal Institution of Naval Architects

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Abstract

Maritime engineering graduates require a wide range of skills and knowledge in order to design and construct modem marine vehicles and structures. In any design activity, there are a number of often-conflicting requirements that need addressing before a successful solution can be achieved. But problems are increasingly complex and do not have neat solutions, so aiding the development of students' complex problem solving skills is a crucial part of an engineering degree course. To address this requirement a programme of teaching and learning voyages for Bachelor of Engineering (BE) maritime engineering students on the Australian Maritime College's (AMC) 35m vessel Bluefin was created in 2005. These voyages provide a powerful learning experience for students by providing the environment to solve a large range of practical problems, which all link closely with their theoretical classroom learning. This paper outlines the purposes of the training voyages; describes the activities undertaken; explains the design of the programme with respect to generic graduate attributes and provides sample feedback on the programme from students and institutions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:maritime engineering graduates, students, problem solving skills, training voyages, practical experience
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime Engineering
Research Field:Maritime Engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Processes
Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
Author:Furness, P (Mr Paul Furness)
Author:Gaston, T (Dr Troy Gaston)
Author:Lambert, C (Mr Chris Lambert)
Author:Schaeffer, P (Mr Peter Schaeffer)
Author:Virieux, J (Mr John Virieux)
ID Code:75941
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2012-02-21
Last Modified:2014-09-02
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