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PhD defence by Mahyuddin Bin Arsat

“Effectiveness of sustainability incorporation in engineering curricula: a framework for course design”


03.06.2014 kl. 13.00 - 17.00


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The past decades there has been a lot of discussion on the definitions and principles of the concept of sustainability. The efforts to incorporate sustainability in engineering education have become a point of attention for most universities. Due to the variety of sustainability definitions and principles, sustainability has been interpreted and incorporated in engineering curricula in various ways. In the perspective of Malaysia Higher Education and specifically Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the efforts to incorporate sustainability in higher education with such varieties are a huge challenge. This study is an effort of the author to face that challenge. The main objective of this study is to develop a framework for course design to incorporate sustainability in engineering education. To achieve the research objective, the research has adapted several educational research methods into a basic design cycle. The research methods encompass a mixed methods design, a qualitative design and experimental design. Sustainability as a concept suggests the incorporation of sustainability in engineering education should have equal representation of environmental, social and economic dimensions. So that the future engineers are equipped with attributes that contribute to sustainability. Generally, there are five dimensions of sustainability incorporation in engineering curricula which are: model, approach, orientation, theme and component. The dimensions of incorporation provide an overview of higher education practices and understanding of the strategies that have been under taken by universities for this purpose. This study also provides evidence supporting the claim of effectiveness of employing student centered learning for sustainability incorporation. Problem-based learning, project-based learning, case-based learning, a competition, an industrial visit, and a community service are the learning approaches represented in this research. The proposed framework for sustainability incorporation in engineering curricula is suitable both for analyzing existing curricula and development of new educational curricula in engineering.


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Department of Development & Planning


Nybrogade 6 room 1.133

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28.05.2014 kl. 17.00

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