JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2019, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (3): 135-142.DOI: 10.13766/j.bhsk.1008-2204.2017.0230

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Reform in Engineering Education Curriculum Based on Practice Ability: Exemplified by the Project Centred Curriculum of University of Queensland

XIA Guoping   

  1. Institute of Higher Education, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2017-08-10 Online:2019-05-25 Published:2018-05-25


In order to improve engineering practice ability of students, the project centered curriculum is established by the University of Queensland, Australia. Projects are designed to be substantial pieces of original work that simulate real engineering practice using topical tasks and problems sourced from industry and research. The students are asked to design engineering solutions and build the models. With the aim of cultivating the engineering graduates demanded in the 21st century, the aspects of graduate attributes, learning objectives, learning activities, assessment tasks and assessment criteria & standards are used by the principle of pedagogical model to develop the ability to apply knowledge, analyze problems, design solutions, manage projects and communicate effectively. This paper described and discussed the features of the project centered curriculum by the University of Queensland, Australia, so that our country could draw inspiration for the curriculum design of students engineering practice.

Key words: engineering education, engineering practice ability, project centred curriculum, University of Queensland, Australia

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