oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Integration of project management skills to manage the fourth-year civil engineering research project : SAICE and professional news

Volume 24, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Most final-year engineering students find the research project extremely daunting. This is mainly because, for most of them, it is the first time that they are not learning passively, and they are not adequately prepared for the challenge of executing a research project. During the first three years of their undergraduate studies the students are not prepared sufficiently for the difficult tasks the research project requires of them. Their time is largely spent sitting passively in classes listening to lecturers who have prepared the syllabi, provided notes and textbooks, and who coach them towards passing an exam. Universities traditionally teach mostly content. Students are overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge they are confronted with, and tend to retain just enough for just long enough to complete their examinations.

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