The contemporary engineer: developing sustainability attributes and transferable skills through open-ended activities

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dc.contributor.author Fitzpatrick, John J.
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Edmond P.
dc.contributor.author Gutiérrez Ortiz, Francisco Javier
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-27T11:52:56Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-27T11:52:56Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06-14
dc.identifier.citation Fitzpatrick, J. J., Byrne, E. P. and Gutiérrez Ortiz, F. J. (2021) ‘The contemporary engineer: developing sustainability attributes and transferable skills through open-ended activities,’ EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June. en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 8 en
dc.identifier.issn 2737-7741
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11594
dc.description.abstract An essential aspect of engineering education is the provision of core competences in discipline specific knowledge and its application. Added to this, engineering education must equip its students with a range of transferable skills in order to facilitate their working within a variety of organisations, skills which are much valued by employers. Critically for the 21st century, engineering graduates entering the workforce must be equipped with knowledge and competences in sustainability / sustainable development, as this is becoming more and more important within organisations. More importantly it is an existential imperative for humanity, which is of particular relevance to young people, including newly graduated engineers who must be equipped with sustainability knowledge and competences to effectively contribute to the good of a society that needs to transition to a sustainable pathway. Such competencies are also required by professional accreditation organisations. This may require paradigmatic change in how we view both our profession and the world we inhabit. This paper briefly highlights a number of proposed sustainability related skills and competences. It then focuses on the development of these through open-ended activities and problems. This is based on the active learning premise where students achieve better quality learning by actively doing things themselves. The paper outlines four examples of activities undertaken at University College Cork and at the University of Seville. They include a transdisciplinary group exercise, environmental consultancy role-play, sustainability / environmental debates, and converting a closed well-defined problem into an open-ended one followed by the addition of layers of complexity and holistic considerations. It highlights the learning outcomes, transferable skills and sustainability knowledge and competences that students may obtain from undertaking the highlighted activities. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.relation.ispartof EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference
dc.relation.uri https://www.eesd2020.org/
dc.relation.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11459
dc.rights © 2021, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Sustainability competences en
dc.subject Transferable skills en
dc.subject Open-ended activities en
dc.subject Graduate attributes en
dc.subject Engineering education en
dc.subject Sustainability en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.title The contemporary engineer: developing sustainability attributes and transferable skills through open-ended activities en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Edmond Byrne, Process & Chemical Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.byrne@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.internal.conferencelocation Cork, ireland en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.fitzpatrick@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.byrne@ucc.ie en


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