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Graduate Attributes: Industry and Graduate Perceptions


Symes, MF and Thomas, GA and Ranmuthugala, SD, Graduate Attributes: Industry and Graduate Perceptions, 2nd International Conference on the Education and Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry, 26-27 February 2013, Bukit Timah, Singapore, pp. 80-86. ISBN 9781909024120 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Graduate attributes are the non-discipline specific skills and qualities that graduates need to have developed by the time they complete their undergraduate engineering course. The National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics (NCMEH) at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) has developed an attribute spectrum that addresses the technical and generic requirements of the engineering programmes as a continuum. In order to ascertain the relevance of the AMC graduate attributes, a survey of the industry stakeholders and graduates was conducted with the proficiency level, judged against the Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO) criteria. The findings show that industry desires a high level of proficiency across the full range of graduate attributes and in particular seeks strong competency in the so called ‘soft skills’ such as communication skills and working with information. The graduates they have employed were assessed as operating at an overall standard slightly below that desired, particularly in areas such as: ‘Negotiate the business environment’ and ‘Behave as a professional’. This data has been used as valuable information in the continuous cycle of improvement in AMC engineering courses, aiding the redesign of the course and units to ensure that the appropriate coverage of graduate attributes is achieved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Symes, MF (Mr Mark Symes)
UTAS Author:Thomas, GA (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, SD (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
ID Code:83311
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-03-08
Last Modified:2018-03-15
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