UNSW’s (University of New South Wales') School of Mining Engineering program has a 4th year course called "Hard Rock Mine Design and Feasibility Project" which first started in 2008 as also part of the Mining Education Australia program (MEA). MEA is a successful example of education collaboration spanning several universities which develops and delivers a national undergraduate mining engineering degree program that meets the needs of the professional organisations in partnership with industry. This course is a fully project-based course, and students work within groups of 4 to 5 throughout the semester. The course has been tremendously improved in last 4 years.
Students were initially conducting two progress reports (25%), a presentation (25%) and a final report (50%) as their assessments. Based on the student feedback, in 2009 the assessments were changed to two progress presentations (25%), a final presentation (25%) and a final report (50%). Even with peer assessment, the student contribution was a question mark. Progress interviews were implemented in 2010 instead of reports or presentations. These were conducted in front of a previously selected computer in the school computer laboratory. With this model, the lecturer receives instant observation about the progress of the students in groups by asking direct questions about the project. Students also receive instant feedback about their progress. All the MEA partner universities have implemented this model with great success. With this course student survey scores increased.
|Keywords:||Project-based Course, Mining Education, Mining Engineering|
Senior Lecturer, School of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Lecturer, School of Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia