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Embedding Enquiry-Based Learning in the First-Year Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute Computer Science Research Institute Environmental Sciences Research Institute Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Research Institute

Ventura-Medina, E, Lue, L, Roberts, EPL, Garforth, AA and Holmes, R (2007) Embedding Enquiry-Based Learning in the First-Year Chemical Engineering Curriculum. In: Case Studies: CEEBL Supported Projects, 2006/7. University of Manchester Press, pp. 17-25. ISBN 13:978-0-9554815-1-2 [Book section]

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Abstract

This work describes the introduction and implementation of Enquiry-Based Learning in the first-year Chemical Engineering undergraduate curriculum at The University of Manchester. Changes to the undergraduate curriculum have been implemented as part of the curriculum review project. However, the main focus of this case-study is the use of Enquiry-Based Learning in the problem solving sessions that substitute for previous traditional tutorials. Problem solving sessions were carried out in a small group work format. Groups had eleven to twelve students each and a postgraduate facilitator for each session. Two-hour sessions were carried out three times a week using a mix of different types of problems: close-ended, open-ended and integrated. Problems were selected and designed to be as realistic as possible, integrating topics from different areas of knowledge. The problem solving sessions were introduced in September 2006 with a cohort of one-hundred and forty students. An evaluation of the new curriculum and in particular of the problem solving sessions was carried out through different strategies. The feedback from the evaluation has been very positive and suggested that although some improvements are needed, the problem solving sessions and the enquiry-based learning approach have been successful.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:931
Deposited By:Dr Richard Holmes
Deposited On:23 Nov 2009 13:52
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:46

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