n South African Journal of Higher Education - The integration of complementary studies into the university education of engineers




Complementary studies are knowledge areas aimed at augmenting and broadening the education of engineering students at the undergraduate level. These studies have become an important international accreditation criterion for modern engineering qualifications. The study of these topics is aimed at developing future engineers in a more holistic manner and preparing them to cope in a rapidly changing world. In addition to having the traditional engineering skills, modern engineers are expected to be more innovative and business oriented, able to manage and communicate effectively, and to be conscious of social, ethical end environmental responsibilities in the execution of their profession. These objectives are discussed in detail in the article. The design of an undergraduate engineering curriculum, together with the application of specific instructional and learning strategies and assessment methods that may address these matters effectively, are proposed and discussed.


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