Problem-solving with industrial drawings: supporting formal graphics language development for Malaysian engineering graduates

Burvill, Colin and Field, Bruce and Abdullah, Zulkeflee and Alias, Maizam (2016) Problem-solving with industrial drawings: supporting formal graphics language development for Malaysian engineering graduates. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32 (5). pp. 2172-2183. ISSN 0949149X

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Abstract

The globalisation of manufacture has forced many developing countries in Asia to respond to the exacting requirements of quality and interchangeability that involve complex and diverse conventions for graphical and geometrical product specifications. Competing pressure for international recognition of engineering qualifications has reduced the time available in Malaysian universities to teach a range of practical skills, including those of reading and interpreting engineering drawings (RIED), although Malaysian industry has identified inadequacies in the RIED skills of recent graduates. This paper reports the deliberate use of incidental learning to increase RIED skills in groups of undergraduate engineeringstudents byreplacing the familiarline illustrations of parts and machines in the learningtasks of a conventional analytical subject with sets of formal engineering drawings. Participants who were engaged for 14 hours of practical problem solving work in the subject and a parallel CAD-modelling subject, gained measurable skills in RIED. Since the increase in participants’ RIEDskill did notrequire alterations to the existing educational objectives of the subjects,the time allocated to problem-solving within those subjects or additional RIED teaching expertise, an expansion of the approach is recommended.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Incidental learning; graphics education; engineering drawings; problem based learning
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
ID Code:8792
Deposited By:Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Deposited On:25 Apr 2017 15:48
Last Modified:25 Apr 2017 15:48

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