The value of preparation in a systems engineering masters module : a longitudinal case study

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dc.contributor.author Benade, S.J. (Siebert)
dc.contributor.author Callaghan, Ronel
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-13T07:26:05Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-13T07:26:05Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03
dc.description.abstract This research emanates from a systems-oriented process of investigation into the educational approach of masters in engineering management programmes in order to find ways to improve student through-put rate and the quality of learning. The document describes the educational process, with specific emphasis on student preparedness, including the value and impact of a pivotal preparation test. This process is guided by constructive alignment; learning cycles through interactive blended teaching; and a focus on student learning. A longitudinal descriptive case study of the programmes was undertaken, focusing on a systems engineering module, which is integral to all masters programmes. The case is described with regard to its context; the educational process and teaching approach; and an educational and statistical analysis of the preparation test. The main contribution of the paper is the resulting structured, holistic, and integrated education process, designed to address the challenges, including a specific focus on student preparation and the pivotal preparation test. A clear link was established between student preparedness and the subsequent levels of teaching and learning. The preparation test was found to be on the relevant cognitive level; a predictor of course success; influencing positively the motivation of students; as well as impacting on the adaptation of the educational process. The use of the adapted Bloom’s taxonomy to evaluate cognitive levels of an intervention; the application of learning cycles and constructive alignment; as well as the impact of a preparation test, can significantly enhance the quality of the education process and consequently, student through-put rates. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-03-31 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1520-6858 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Benade, S & Callaghan, R 2015, 'The value of preparation in a systems engineering masters module : a longitudinal case study', Systems Engineering, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 131-145. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1098-1241 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1520-6858 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1002/sys.21292
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/47997
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wiley en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article : The value of preparation in a systems engineering masters module : a longitudinal case study,systems engineering, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 131-145, 2015. doi : 10.1002/sys.21292. The definite version is available at : http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1520-6858 en_ZA
dc.subject Postgraduate engineering education en_ZA
dc.subject Systems engineering education en_ZA
dc.subject Learning cycles en_ZA
dc.subject Blended learning en_ZA
dc.subject Levels of learning en_ZA
dc.title The value of preparation in a systems engineering masters module : a longitudinal case study en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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