Curriculum renewal at two universities in chile using the cdio syllabus

  • 03 апр. 2011 г.
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CURRICULUM RENEWAL AT TWO UNIVERSITIES IN CHILE USING THE CDIO SYLLABUS
Patricio V. Poblete, Ximena Vargas, Sergio Celis
School of Engineering and Science Faculty of Physics and Mathematical Sciences Universidad de Chile

Pedro Gazmuri, José Bilbao
College of Engineering Faculty of Engineering Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Doris R. Brodeur
Associate for Assessment andEvaluation Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics MIT

Abstract This paper presents a methodology based on the CDIO1 model, implemented to analyze the requirements for the basic common core of the engineering programs at Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica de Chile. To propose models for the definition of new curricula and course contents, Competences-Contents tables were used, at thelevels of basic sciences, core engineering fundamentals and advanced engineering fundamentals. The main methodological reference used in both schools was based on the CDIO Syllabus, which provides an extensive listing of skills with different levels of detail, being an excellent source for the analysis of competences, and allowing the addition of local competences that reflect the identity of aparticular university. As result of the analysis both schools agreed on a translation of CDIO Syllabus, evaluated their current curricula and changes were proposed in order to renew the curricula having the competences as the main goal to achieve. Both schools will put under consideration a unified syllabus as a national reference model. Keywords: CDIO Syllabus, curricula renewal, basic science andmathematic competences. 1. Introduction The multiple innovations being generated nowadays in engineering education, encouraged by accreditation processes, like ABET2 in United States and the Bologna process in Europe, have emphasized a wide range of skills and competences that graduates must achieve over the classic course contents focus. This context was a great opportunity to start the reflectionabout engineering programs in Chile, taking into account these new challenges. The engineering programs at Universidad de Chile (UCH) and Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), the leading Schools of engineering in Chile, are structured with three cycles: basic common core, bachelor, and engineering diploma. For each level it is necessary to determine the required general and specific competences. Thestarting point to achieve this goal was the preparation of professional profiles for each engineering diploma, considering the current and future needs of the professional environment and the employability.

Proceeding of the 3rd International CDIO Conference, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, June 11-14, 2007.

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To propose models for the definition of new curricula and course contents,Competences-Contents tables were used, at the levels of basic sciences, core engineering fundamentals and advanced engineering fundamentals. The main methodological reference used in both schools was based on the CDIO initiative, especially the CDIO Syllabus, which provides an extensive listing of skills with different levels of detail; it is an excellent source for the analysis of competences,and it allows for the addition of local competences that reflect on the identity of a particular university. This paper presents a methodology based on the CDIO model, implemented to analyze the requirements for the basic common core of the engineering programs at UCH and UC. 2. Table with assignments of levels at Universidad de Chile In UCH, to date, the analysis has been done primarily by facultymembers, who had a permanent dialog with students and with graduates. Because at UCH the generic competences have been defined globally for all its programs, the work focused on those specific competences required for engineering graduates. Given the context of the reform of the bachelor program and its basic common core in the School of Engineering and Science at UCH, the work focused on the...
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