Design-centric curriculum (DCC) is an alternative learning pathway that was established 2 years ago at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in response to the increasing demand from the industry for engineering graduates who are able to think creatively, define problems, and work across disciplines in a multidisciplinary team. Design-thinking as a technique to develop innovative solutions to a set of problems defined by the students forms the backbone of the curriculum. This alternative curriculum consists of students working in a team on a multi-year, multidisciplinary project that is the main learning vehicle in DCC and is aimed at developing certain desired traits in our students. We will cover the types of formative and summative assessment that were developed by the DCC team to assess the achievement of our students, and we will share with the audience our philosophy, methodology, and experience in the development of the assessment method that was adopted.
- Describe the learning culture of Asian students
- Describe aspects of an assessment method for team-based projects
- Develop an assessment methodology to monitor the progress of student achievement in a team-based project
Dr Kevin SC Kuang is presently an Assistant Professor in the department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore. Since July 2010 he was seconded to the Design Centric-Curriculum under the Faculty of Engineering. He is active in the research areas of smart structures, advanced composites, structural health monitoring, wireless remote sensing and sensor technology in particular optical fibre-based sensors.
Andi Sudjana Putra
Andi is a lecturer at the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC), Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his doctorate in electrical engineering, his master in mechatronics design, and his bachelor in mechanical engineering. He has been teaching undergraduate students on the subject of Design Thinking and mentoring student design projects in the past 2 years. He is an Autodesk® Certified Instructor (ACI) and a candidate for Autodesk® Certified Evaluator (ACE), specializing in Autodesk® Inventor Professional. His research interests include medical devices and mechatronics design. He has a patent on tissue micro arrayer device, and has been involved in the design of medical devices such as umbilical cord blood collectors to auxiliary head gear for office-based surgery. He has written papers, chapters, and a book on design. He continues to be involved in engineering education by teaching design courses and training industry practitioners.