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Integrating learning outcomes of student final year project with objectives of a research project: Designing an all-in-one system for climate control and air purification

27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016

Abstract: Context: This paper investigates the integration of research project objectives into student projects. The main research project aimed to develop a novel piece of equipment to address a serious social issue. Substandard housing causes respiratory ill-health that disproportionately impacts on low income individuals. This is of particular significance to the Institute involved in the research project. The main project aimed to understand the indoor air quality features of the destination environments for a climate control and air-purification device and model the proposed design of the device in these environments.

Purpose: To generate student projects that effectively inform tasks on a main project, and enable students to participate in the development of a solution to a problem that affects their community.

Approach: This paper contains a reflection on the mapping of project requirements to learning outcomes of the project paper. Summary information on student performance is provided. The service outcome of student work is examined, and potential for the project to be adapted to meet service learning objectives is presented.

Results: Student projects supported the objectives of the main project, but solutions tended to lack novelty. Mapping the main project's requirements to the student projects' learning outcomes occurred naturally. Students were able to participate in service to their community through the projects.

Conclusions: Allowing students to contribute in a small way to more than one module of a project provided for a broader experience, and enhanced development of multiple skills, including soft-skills. Because the main project involved a service component, student projects may be adjusted in future to contain a service learning element.

To cite this article: Al-Rawi, Mohammad and Lazonby, Annette. Integrating learning outcomes of student final year project with objectives of a research project: Designing an all-in-one system for climate control and air purification [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 30-38. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=678909384989372;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 29 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Al-Rawi, Mohammad; Lazonby, Annette; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 30-38. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Engineering students; Engineering--Study and teaching (Continuing education); Engineering design--Statistical methods; Air quality--Research; House construction--Climatic factors; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Manukau Institute of Technology, email: mohammad.al-rawi@manukau.ac.nz
(2) University of Auckland

Database: Engineering Collection