„Program IP Courses” w Danii (ERASMUS)
Projekt: Oferta dla Studentów III i IV Wydziału Mechanicznego PK
Program IP Coures – lipiec 2009:
Dodatkowe informacje i rejestracja: Dr inż. Janusz Pobożniak, poniedziałek 20 kwiecień 2009, p. 3/7 budynek 6B, godz. 11:00
In an increasingly globalised world it is paramount for the competitiveness of the European industry that the employees are capable of coming up with new innovative ways to define concepts for new designs and for the subsequent production process for new products faster than today. In addition there is a tendency that the complexity of products is increasing continuously. In order to master the complexity and at the same time produce these faster it is essential that the employees with different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds are able to collaborate efficiently in short windows of opportunities. Today European higher education institutions typically educate students specialised in one discipline, and as a consequence they typically have major challenges adapting to multidisciplinary project teams when they enter the European industry. They are typically lacking skills for collaborating with professionals with different disciplinary backgrounds, because they have difficulty in understanding the significant design parameters for the other disciplines, and as a consequence often are unable to come up with optimal innovative solutions.
The underlying principles behind this proposal is to let students with different backgrounds acquire a better understanding and respect across disciplinary, national and cultural borders. This shall be achieved by letting them work jointly on the conception definition of the design and intended subsequent production/development of new innovative products. The groups will be composed such that the students in each group will have different backgrounds, both disciplinary and culturally. Students from different European higher education institutions shall gather together at one location (the first year it will be with Bang & Olufsen in Denmark and for the following years this will also preferably be on-site a real industrial organisation associated with one or more of the educational institutions) for 3 intensive weeks in a course where they shall form groups that shall solve proof-of-concept of a new product and present their findings to each other in plenum.
This IP will get IHA in closer contact to other ERASMUS universities where it will be possible to establish either a joint degree agreement or double diplomas. In addition we will obtain close and specialized relations to a group consisting of 4 to 6 partner institutions, with which we wish to develop a close professional, educational and industry-related cooperation as stated in the EPS. This project will also engage the academic staff in professional and educational as well as development-oriented cooperation with foreign partners as desired in the IHA EPS. Finally this project will help integrating international students with Danish students in international courses and therefore increase the likehood of their international interests as stated in the IHA EPS. Finally the IHA EPS also mention explicitly arranging and hosting Summer Schools for international and national students once a year, and this IP fits perfectly into this plan. In addition this IP is an important activity to make our students more interested in carrying out a part of their studies abroad and this is essential to reach the goal of 10 % of all our students stated in the IHA EPS.
The EPS of Hanze University Groningen dictates that all students should be well-prepared for a professional career in an international perspective. This IP is a very good opportunity to offer students an international experience. We expect that it will be a good stimulus for students to do a semester abroad at a later stage in their studies.
The proposed Erasmus IP is fully connected to the EPS at the VSB-TU Ostrava. It presents the same aims like standard international student exchange during their study. The advantage of this activity is that it is concentrated into short time period and is focused to multidisciplinary collaboration in the international team of students.
University of Minho is undergoing a major transformation by adapting its degree to Bologna format and policy. We have just introduced our second cycle (Masters). The IP is a major opportunity for our students to go abroad bringing a new experience to them as aimed in the EPS. The IP will enable to be acquainted with students that have different backgrounds and cultures. Finally, the teaching staff will use these IP opportunities to know about other approaches to computer science teaching.
Each institution shall provide one teacher and up to 5 students for these 3 weeks. The three weeks shall be formed as a 5 ECTS point course for all the students participating and their performance shall be evaluated at the end of the period. Each group of students shall be formed by the teachers aiming at having one student from each educational institution and having the students spread as widely as possible across disciplines. Thus, this will be Problem Based Learning (PBL) in a nutshell where the students will have to solve problems in groups that require the different disciplinary theories in combination in order to be solved.
At IHA each of the studies are primarily mono-disciplinary, except for a few courses early in the studies where multidisciplinary collaboration is enforced. Thus, this IP is ideal for the students towards the end of their studies enabling more multidisciplinary thesis projects to be carried out afterwards in collaboration with local industry and this is a valuable outcome that may be exploited by a larger number of IHA’s students.
Cracow University of Technology offers several courses in engineering, including Automation and Robotics, and Management and Production Engineering. The IP course will improve the students’ skills to cooperate within the team formed to solve the set task.
The School of Engineering of Hanze University Groningen offers an international study programme ‚International Product Design Engineering’. The School of Engineering is also a pioneer in the field of ‚Human Technology’. Human Technology is a study programme that focuses on product innovation and product improvement that pay special attention to evaluating, specifying, and tuning technical products to the needs of the users. The technical products originate from the domains engineering, built environment, and ICT.
The semester projects are the parts of curricula for all students at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at VSB-TU Ostrava. The proposed activities in the frame of Erasmus IP fulfill the requirements of these semester projects. The advantage of this IP is that the students will work in international teams during this activity – this is the best preparation for their future praxis in the industry (our semester projects are normally focused to individual work of each student).
For University of Minho the IP is an opportunity to have students and teachers to follow the 3 weeks course. As Europeans, nothing like a join together course to know about other cultures and backgrounds. The IP fits into our second cycle (MSc) as an extra course on vacation time to update students with more specific subjects.
The 3 weeks shall be placed in a period that is common vacation period for the students otherwise (most likely July or August is the best option). It is envisaged that the project will last for 3 years with different students every year and taking place at different sites in different countries with different product assignments. It would be ideal if the site every year can be a real industrial site where facilities (labs and accommodation) can be provided. In addition to the teachers from the different educational institutions it is envisaged that the local host will attend the event with a small number of local facilitators/experts. In general it is envisaged that the teaching team (including local hosts) will act as facilitators for the groups of students ensuring continued progress and group synergy. The first year the local host will be Bang & Olufsen in Denmark (alternative candidates for subsequent years could be Fiat, Airbus, Phillips etc.).
The pedagogical and didactic approach to be taken is based on integrated project based learning. Integrated learning experiences are pedagogical approaches that foster the learning of disciplinary knowledge simultaneously with personal, interpersonal, and product and system building skills. They incorporate professional engineering issues in contexts where they coexist with disciplinary issues. For example, students might consider the analysis of a product, the design of the product, and the social responsibility of the designer of the product, all in one exercise. In this case industrial partners will be helpful in providing examples of such exercises. Active learning methods engage students directly in thinking and problem solving activities. There is less emphasis on passive transmission of information, and more on engaging students in manipulating, applying, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. Active learning in lecture-based courses can include such methods as partner and small-group discussions, demonstrations, debates, concept questions, and feedback from students about what they are learning. Active learning is considered experiential when students take on roles that simulate professional engineering practice, for example, design-build projects, simulations, and case studies. See also www.cdio.org for more information about the principles.
The level of the students in this project is a combination of BSc and MSc students from the different partner institutions. At each institution the teacher involved with this project will select the students to attend the course based on the skill level and the motivation to take part in a multidisciplinary project as explained here. At IHA it is envisaged that students will have to formally apply to attend this course and the students will be evaluated and interviewed in order to select the students that would be best for this innovative and multidisciplinary environment. It is up to the other project participants to judge whether they wish to follow a similar selection scheme or have their own way of selecting the students participating in the course.
The relevance of this project are:
- To strengthen the education of multidisciplinary engineering at a European level producing new engineers that will be more prepared for the challenges that are comming for the European industry.
- To promote innovative ways of working in multidisciplinary projects that will lead to a higher quality of the European teaching in this area.
- To develop synergies between the academic and the industrial sector by close collaboration with industrial parties in the intensive courses and ensuring the relevance by letting the assignments being formed by industrial needs.