Transferable skills are learned in education and then transferred to the work place. Employers place more and more emphasis on such skills when they employ graduate students. In engineering education several of them are also listed as program outcomes by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The skills studied are technical communications, teamwork, knowledge and awareness of ethical issues and the impact of engineering design on the environment, as well as the professional skills of engineering design. This paper represents the first stage of a research project which investigates the extent to which the transferable skills are developed in an engineering college seeking ABET accreditation in the Middle East. In this first stage student perceptions of the importance and development of five skill sets were investigated by conducting a survey with senior design students. The results show that students understand the importance of technical communication and teamwork skills, but clearly underestimate the importance of skills such as engineering design, ethics and environmental awareness. Possible reasons and implications for teaching are discussed.
|Keywords:||Integrated Skills, Communications, Engineering Design, ABET|
Lecturer, Core Programme, Freshman Communications, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Lecturer, Arts and Sciences Program, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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