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Enhancing Learning Effectiveness and Benchmarking Assessment Tasks in “ENGG1201: Engineering for Sustainable Development”


The development of this project aims to critically review the course materials and assessments of ENGG1201, to fit the characteristics of the new 4-year curriculum engineering students. Timely and important topics for engineering students were further designed by integrating the industrial practices and challenges into the problem-based learning examples. In addition to new lecture contents, animations were developed to assist the visualization of certain complicated engineering systems, together with the in-course laboratory experiments. Quizzes and homework aiming for early-stage evaluation were implemented to assist students following the course and discovering potential learning difficulties. To obtain student feedback on course assessments, face-to-face interviews were conducted for 60 students (37.5% of the class size) of the same class. The interviews were conducted with a set of questions about course assessments, including in-course and final exam activities, and also allowed students to express their course experiences after knowing their own course marks. The analysis of interview outcomes has led to 11 findings summarized in the project deliverables.

Principal Investigator

Dr. K. Shih, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Contact

Project level

Course-level project

Project Completion

March 2015


  1. Used timely and important examples to provide problem-based learning opportunities for engineering students. Download
  2. Designed interactive teaching activities and early-stage in-course assessments to facilitate student learning and review processes. Download
  3. Enhanced the 4-year undergraduate curriculum reform educational aims in the pursuit of academic/professional excellence, improvement of the human condition, tackling novel situations, and developing global citizenship. Download
  4. Provided 5 findings on the important training elements of experiencing real engineering processes, identifying the nature of questions, repeating key practice examples, emphasizing professional ethics, and implementing various in-course assessment activities. Download
  5. Provided 6 findings on the student views toward different assessment types and their corresponding learning characteristics. Download