Nurturing future engineering skills through self-determined innovation and entrepreneurship project work: a case study of a Scottish university

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Abstract

Engineers can make a difference to the challenges of the next decade. However, the skills required by engineers to meet these requirements of society and industry require a new approach to engineering education that emphasises competencies of innovation, collaboration and value-based decision making. Complementarily, transversal and meta-skills will be required to support engineers and engineering students adapt to new, emergent technologies and problems. Consequently, within Scotland, meta-skills are increasingly embedded in authentic programmes (such as Graduate Apprenticeships) and incorporated within modules seeking to develop engineers and holistic engineering practice. This paper will present a case study of a Scottish University that, through one module, provides students with an opportunity to develop such future engineering skills.

In this third year module, a team of students are required to identify an opportunity that seeks to help a specific group within society through a Design Futures/Thinking approach, and then iteratively develop a desirable, viable and feasible solution over twelve weeks; students are required to self-align their ideation with UN SDGs. This paper will outline the skills that students develop from innovation, to empathy, to human-centred problem solving, to future/horizon scanning, to collaboration and self-awareness. Also, it will share student experiences about skills developed and the benefits and challenges of such an approach to nurturing skills relevant to employability in the 21st Century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Symposium for Engineering Education
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781914241208
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022
Event8th International Symposium for Engineering Education - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 20222 Sept 2022
https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/iseeconference/ (Link to conference website)

Conference

Conference8th International Symposium for Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleISEE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period1/09/222/09/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • engineering skills
  • metal skills
  • innovation
  • entrepreneurship
  • design futures

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