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Applications of soft skills in engineering programme at Polytechnic Malaysia

Esa, Ahmad and Selamat, Asri and Padil, Suhaili and Jamaludin, Jaslina (2014) Applications of soft skills in engineering programme at Polytechnic Malaysia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 140. pp. 115-120. ISSN 1877-0428


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Rapid global economic development demands a more competitive workforce. Employers nowadays prefer prospective employees who have high soft skills in professionalism and sociology aspects. Engineering students and lecturers at the polytechnics have conducted this study to identify the level of communication skills, lifelong learning, entrepreneurship skills and moral and professional ethics that has been applied. 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 study suggests that lecturers use a variety of approaches to improve the level of soft skills among students in civil engineering.

Item Type: Article
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
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA1-163 Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Vocational Education
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr Ahmad Bin Esa
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 07:13
Last Modified: 21 May 2015 07:13
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6926
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