Support for Core Curriculum Components and Graduate Attributes
The EWB Challenge integrates into existing semester one and two courses for first-year engineering students. Therefore, the program has been designed to support core curriculum components relevant to first-year engineering students.
The EWB Challenge supports a wide spectrum of core curriculum components including the following:
- Introduction to the engineering design process;
- Developing communication skills via reports and presentations;
- Introduction to team roles, teamwork and team dynamics;
- A hands-on design project, including reverse engineering; and
- Ethical, professional and sustainability considerations in engineering practice.
The EWB Challenge also promotes a range of key generic attributes for engineering graduates. Key attributes include:
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
- Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large;
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member;
- Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development;
- Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development; and
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them.
[Adopted from 'Changing the Culture: Engineering Education into the Future', 1996]