Aligning an Engineering Education Program to the Washington Accord Requirements: Example of the University of Botswana

Marian Giżejowski

Abstract

The accreditation systems of engineering education programs governed by the Washington Accord have evolved in order to respond to modern technological and scientific development. The principal purpose of the paper is to indicate that the process re-engineering model commonly employed in business environments can also be used in an educational system. In particular, the paper describes the process of re-engineering used for the transformation of the BEng (Mech) program in order to align it with the accreditation requirements. The study adopts a Business Re-engineering Process (BRP) in which engineering education is considered as a process. A modified McKinsey's re-engineering model was chosen as a tool to re-engineer the educational system. The model involves five broad phases, namely, identification, review&analysis, re-design, test & implementation and continuous improvement. The paper concentrates on the first two phases. The existing curriculum is mapped according to the graduate attributes, competency profiles and the Exit Level Outcomes of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). From the list of identified deficiencies it can be concluded that the major shortcoming of the program is not its content but its delivery. It is recommended that innovative flexible delivery methods should be used as teaching styles.
Author Marian Giżejowski (FCE / ICE)
Marian Giżejowski,,
- The Institute of Civil Engineering
Total number of authors4
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, ISSN 0020-7209, [2050-4578 (Online)]
Issue year2013
Vol29
No6
Pages1591-1603
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishaccreditation; re-engineering; mechanical engineering program, V
ASJC Classification2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering; 3304 Education
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 15.0, 12-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 12-06-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 3; Scopus Citations = 4; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 0.68; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 0.118 (2) - 2013=0.215 (5)
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