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International design project semester: a program to challenge industrial design engineering undergraduates to work and study in teams in both presential and non presential learning environments
Segalàs Coral, Jorge; Benson Murphy, Patricia
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Mecànica de Fluids
Since 1991, the Technical University of Catalonia has focussed on introducing Sustainability educationin all its engineering and architectural programmes through two environmental plans (1996-2000,2000-2005), and currently through the UPC Sustainable 2015 [1] plan. Under this framework andfollowing the success of the project programme, European Project Semester (EPS) the School ofEngineering of Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG) has designed and coordinated a new Erasmus mobilityprogramme, the International Design Project Semester (IDPS), which started in February 2012.IDPS trains engineering students by applying Project Based Learning in intercultural groups. Theworking language is English and the programme is designed for degree students in their 7th or 8thsemester. The IDPS programme offered at the EPSEVG emphasises the introduction of competencesin sustainability and human technology.The main objective of the IDPS is to improve the learning outcomes and competences of industrialdesign engineering students especially in areas of sustainability. It also endeavours to improve theirability to work in intercultural settings developing real projects with 4-6 other students.The IDPS is divided into two main parts. One part covers the four core courses (each worth 3 ECTS)and the second part involves carrying out a project (worth 18 ECTS). The courses are in Eco- Design,Sustainable Value Design, Human Centred Design and a Business Practicum. Additional seminarsand workshops will compliment the courses and will vary from programme to programme. The projectsare proposed by local companies and research groups. The inaugural IDPS programme will start inFebruary 2012 and participants will include 5 students from partner universities and also members ofteaching staff from the school of Engineering in Vilanova i la Geltrú.This paper shows the design methodology used in the IDPS programme, its structure and thesustainability competences the students are expected to achieve.
2012-07-06
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Desenvolupament humà i sostenible::Desenvolupament sostenible::Educació, valors i sostenibilitat
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Desenvolupament humà i sostenible::Desenvolupament sostenible::Educació, valors i sostenibilitat
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Ensenyament i aprenentatge::Metodologies docents::Aprenentatge basat en problemes i projectes
Sustainability--Study and teaching (Higher)
Engineering design--Study and teaching
Problem-based learning
Blended learning
Design
Sustainability
Internationalization
Project Based learning
Blended learning
Aprenentatge basat en problemes
Disseny industrial -- Ensenyament
Desenvolupament sostenible -- Catalunya -- Ensenyament
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