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Motivational project-based laboratory for a common first year electrical engineering course

Motivational project-based laboratory for a common first year electrical engineering course,10.1080/03043797.2010.490579,European Journal of Engineeri

Motivational project-based laboratory for a common first year electrical engineering course  
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Over the past few years many universities worldwide have introduced a common first year for all engineering disciplines. This is despite the opinion of many academics that large classes have negative effects on the learning outcomes of first year students. The University of South Australia is also faced with low motivation amongst engineering students studying non-major courses. In 2006, a project-based laboratory was successfully introduced for first year students enrolled in electrical disciplines, which increased student satisfaction, reduced the attrition rate and improved students’ success rate. This paper presents the experiences with the project-based laboratory's implementation in three different projects in the common first year course, Electrical and Energy Systems, where each project aims to increase the motivation of students in one of three disciplines: electrical, mechanical or civil engineering.
Journal: European Journal of Engineering Education , vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 379-392, 2010
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