Applications of soft skills in engineering programme at polytechnic Malaysia

Esa, Ahmad and Selamat, Asri and Padil, Suhaili and Jamaludin, Jaslina (2013) Applications of soft skills in engineering programme at polytechnic Malaysia. In: 2nd World Conference on Psycology and Sociology (WCPS-2013), 27-29 November 2013, Brussells, Belgium.

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Abstract

Rapid global economic development demands a more competitive workforce. Employers nowadays prefer prospective employees who have high soft skills in professionalism and sociology aspects. This study has been ccinducted to identify the level of communication skills, lifelong learning, entrepreneurship skills and moral and professional ethics that has been applied by engineering students and lecturers at the polytechnics. The research design that was used was a descriptive survey type for research samples. The samples involved 195 students and 106 lecturers of civil engineering at the Malaysian Polytechnics. Research was conducted using a questionnaire and analysis using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17.0. The results showed the level of communication skills, lifelong learning, entrepreneurship skills and moral and professional ethics to be moderate. The results also showed that no statistically significant differences were found between students and lecturers in the application of soft skills. In conclusion, this sfxdy suggests that lecturers use a variety of approaches to improve the level of soft skills among students in civil engineering.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:communication skills; lifelong learning; entrepreneurship; moral and professional ethics; civil engineering programmes; polytechnic
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education
Divisions:Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
ID Code:4619
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:02 Jan 2014 10:30
Last Modified:21 Jan 2015 15:46

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