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Implementation of CDIO skills in Info-communication Technologies Design-Implement Projects Helene Leong Ho Teck June
INTRODUCTION This paper describes how the final year project module is implemented to promote the integration of knowledge and skills learnt in the core modules and to the application of CDIO skills in their projects.
Final year project module • Aim is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and technical skills to real world problems. • Phase 1: Project proposal & specification • Phase 2: User & admin guides, program listings, test plan and results & a deployment kit
Literature Review • Crawley et al, 2007 Besides a good command of technical knowledge, our graduates must be equipped with a range of personal, interpersonal, professional, product and system building skills and knowledge. => Singapore Polytechnic has adapted the CDIO syllabus for our context and students
Literature Review • Malmqvist, 2004 “..The product that is created in the learning event should be developed and implemented to a state where it is operationally testable by students in order to verify that it meets its requirements and to identify possible improvements”. => In realizing solutions to a client’s requirements, students apply the CDIO skills
Methodology A questionnaire was administered to: • 21 Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) year 3 students • 25 Diploma in Information Communications Technology (DICT) year 3 students • 100% responded • The aim of the questionnaire was to find out the students’ perception on the application of the personal, interpersonal, conceiving and designing skills to the final year project. .
Questionnaire on CDIO skills • Personal skills and attitudes • Teamwork • Communications • Conceiving • Designing and Implementing
Survey: students had to choose from 5 diff. proficiency levels. • Not applicable • I am aware of the skill • I am able to understand and explain the skill • I am able to apply the skill well in the project • I am able to apply the skill in my other modules and projects.
Research questions: Percentage of year 3 students who could: • Apply personal skills and attributes to their project? • Apply interpersonal skills to their project? • Conceive the project scope? • Design and implement the project?
(d) Questions on design and implement the project? The overall mean for this category is the lowest of 3.80. Reason: There are few modules whereby students could propose alternative designs and solutions for the projects
Summary of survey results Table 1: Frequency distribution (with percentages in parenthesis) & means of students’ perception of their proficiency levels for the 5 types of skills
Open-ended: Skills students’ learnt Ranking: Teamwork e.g. working dynamics Communications skill egg presentation skills Conceive skill Design skill
Open-ended: Challenges students encountered • “Time constraint as we have to complete assignments for other modules” • “Difficult to schedule meetings? • “Learn a new programming language egg PHP” • “Unclear user’s requirements”
Functions of DBIT Widget • DBIT Information • Food Gourmet • Student Club • SP Campus Map • Latest News • Feedback Yahoo! Blueprint Architecture Yahoo! Go Application Yahoo! Go Widget
Project 2: Revamp a web site • Functions • To demonstrate products using Flash software • To include a discussion forum • To provide a News section • To include a newsletter subscription section • To use freeware and free hosting of web application system.
Conclusion High means? (in all modules) • Teamwork (freq=71.7%(33),mean=4.0) • Communication (freq=70.7%(32), mean=3.95) • Personal skill (freq=70%(32), mean=3.86) Lower means? (only module) • Conceive skill – (freq=65.5%(30), mean=3.82) • Design skill – (freq=62.0%(28), mean=3.8)
Recommendation • Review the curriculum and incorporate more conceive and design skills earlier, perhaps in 1st year and 2nd year of the course curriculum. => this will then provide more opportunities for students to acquire and practice them.
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Assessments • Phase 1(40%) • Group Assessment (20%) • Individual Assessment (10%) • Presentation (10%) • Phase 2 (60%) • Group Assessment (10%) • Individual Assessment (30%) • Demonstration (20%)