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author = {Robinson, LA and Childs, PRN and Stobart, RK},
pages = {299--306},
publisher = {Design Society},
title = {Escaping the straitjacket of engineering education},
url = {},
year = {2004}

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AB - Engineering education in the United Kingdom might be characterised by a conservative andpragmatic approach. It has developed from the approaches developed during the age ofenlightenment and industrial revolution and has since been subject to a number of reviews andevolutionary changes. Engineering degrees in some cases have been taught by a combinationof distinctly identifiable modules, which, despite good intentions and encouragement byaccreditation bodies, are rarely explicitly interlinked or interrelated.The use of a virtual learning environment to support a problem based learning approach tofacilitate the acquisition of a wide range of interdisciplinary skills is explored within thispaper. Students are asked to design a transmission system for a compressor by an OEM(original equipment manufacturer). The activity requires marketing, business planning,project management, specification, conceptual design, detailed design, preparation formanufacture, team-work and liaison with a number of individuals and organisations. Themechanism of running the project is described here along with the methods employed forpersuading sceptical colleagues to embrace newer ways of providing education.
AU - Robinson,LA
AU - Childs,PRN
AU - Stobart,RK
EP - 306
PB - Design Society
PY - 2004///
SP - 299
TI - Escaping the straitjacket of engineering education
UR -
ER -