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PBL as perceived by Malaysian engineering students

By Hussain Othman, Berhannudin Salleh, Abdullah Sulaiman and Ahmad Esa

Abstract

Teaching undergraduates at tertiary level is surely not an easy task what more when your students are engineering undergraduates who need to be competent not only in the technical and hard skills but the generic skills as well. Surveys suggest that the generic aspect demand equal if not greater emphasis in order to produce competent marketable engineering graduates. However, in Malaysia many engineering undergraduates come from an exam-oriented schooling system that lacks of ingredient to develop both the technical and generic skills. Hence, a proper teaching method should be applied at tertiary level so that the engineering students graduated from universities are competent in both technical and generic skills. In order to achieve this goal, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) has decided since 2005 to fully implement Problem-based Learning (PBL) to its engineering undergraduates. Some problems were reportedly faced by the students and the lecturers and yet, a great number of opportunities were also gained. This study is purposely conducted to identify the perception of the engineering students on the implementation of PBL. A quantitative and qualitative data from four semesters of learning has been collected and analysed. Apart from facing with some problems during their learning, finding shows that most of the engineering students are highly satisfied with the implementation of PBL. Some suggestions have been made in order to improve the implementation of PBL and to reduce the problems faced by the students. Further studies focussing particularly on the development of a proper approach for implementing PBL were also recommended in the near future

Topics: L Education (General)
Publisher: Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.uthm.edu.my:2586

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