Kumpulan Jurnal Nasional & Internasional
|Outcome-based Civil Engineering Curriculum Development|
|M. J. Megat Mohd Noor, M. S. Jaafar, A. H. Ghazali, A. A. Aziz and A. A. Abang Ali|
Malaysia seeking to be a full member of the Washington Accord has led to the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) of Malaysia to give emphasis on outcome based curriculum. Although the EAC manual published in 1999 listed the generic attributes for graduates, no effort was made to ensure engineering schools to embrace and implement it. The prescriptive mode of evaluation continued until recently where engineering schools are expected to describe their programmes according to outcomes. The Malaysian Engineering Education Model (MEEM) was paving the way for engineering schools in 2000 on outcome-based education as well but again the spirit of MEEM was not understood well or there was no compulsion to follow. Beginning
2004 the interest in Outcome-based Education (OBE) began to emerge with several engineering education providers leading the way to it. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), which believes strongly in MEEM is no
exception and began revising its programme curriculum to adopt OBE approach in 2004. This paper describes the iterative approach taken by the Department of Civil Engineering UPM in redefining its programme objectives and identifying the programme outcomes and expounding on the course learning objectives. The
programme emphasizes on providing strong engineering sciences and mathematics competencies with transferable skills either embedded within the professional courses or as individual courses. On this competency block an in-depth and advanced niche competencies are built. All these are mapped against the 13 developed
programme outcomes adapted from EAC and Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) attributes. The paper also provides some examples of the outputs from the curriculum review workshop that could be used to develop an engineering curriculum.
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