Enhancing Engineering Education through Design-Driven Curriculum

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Yanqiong Wu
Zhinan Zhang
Junliang Zhang


In China, there is a strong demand for reforming higher engineering education both from industry and tertiary education perspective. School of Mechanical Engineering (ME), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is ongoing developing design-driven curricula to enhance engineering education through project-based teaching, learning and assessment. More than 3000 students have completed over 600 projects in various courses since 2014. Of these projects, solving open-end problem accounts for about 25%, developing simple products about 25%, focusing on creative mechanism about 25%, and industry sponsored projects about 25%. Evaluation from industry at project showcase and students’ self-assessment showed the positive effects of the undergoing reform of undergraduate courses conducted by ME, SJTU on the enhancement of engineering education.


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Wu, Y., Zhang, Z., & Zhang, J. (2017). Enhancing Engineering Education through Design-Driven Curriculum. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 5(6), 129-138. Retrieved from http://ijier.net/index.php/ijier/article/view/730


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