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Integrating business skills in engineering education: Enhancing learning using a CDIO approach
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. (Digital Media Lab)
2016 (English)In: The 12th International CDIO Conference Proceedings: Full Papers / [ed] J. Björkqvist, K. Edström, R. J. Hugo, J. Kontio, J. Roslöf, R. Sellens & S. Virtanen, Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences/CDIO Initiative , 2016, 689-698 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

University degrees, such as engineering, that focus on professional competences are becoming increasingly popular in Sweden. However, there is still a need to not only include but to integrate different interdisciplinary skills in courses and education programs. This paper reports and analyzes a case study of the integration of business skills in two different courses on different study programs and levels. The results show that by shifting the actual foundation of a project course from technology to business development, a high level of engagement are achieved, among the students, to work with technology in a more realistic context. By integrating teaching of different professional skills alongside disciplinary knowledge and by putting disciplinary engineering courses into context, e.g. a business context, the students tend to work more systematically and rigorously both in conceiving, designing and implementing their technical projects. Hence, the situation becomes more similar to a real situation in the industry, where value driven development is a necessity. Additionally, by integrating teaching of such skills into the curriculum of several courses during a engineering program according to the CDIO Approach, a better understanding and a shift in the students' individual choices on project courses towards value driven development can be seen.

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Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences/CDIO Initiative , 2016. 689-698 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122034ISBN: 978-952216610-4OAI: diva2:936674
CDIO 2016 Conference
Available from: 2016-06-14 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-14

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