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Students’ Perceptions and Effects Towards New Teaching Approach in Energy and Environment

[+] Author Affiliations
Manuel E. Ferreira, Celina P. Leão

University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Paper No. IMECE2017-71958, pp. V005T06A039; 6 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5840-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper presents the results of a new teaching approach in the Energy and Environment 6, in the 5th and last year of the Integrated Master in Mechanical Engineering of University of Minho. This curricular unit focus on the fossil fuel resources and combustion. For a Mechanical Engineering starting his/her career this status quo can be seen as an opportunity rather than a barrier. Thus, the students were invited to do a research on several subjects with the purpose to find challenges and opportunities to be addressed. The final purpose of this project was to give motivation to the students in order to find ideas for new products, services, technologies, etc., to develop in their future career, based on the idea of finding things they should do for the world rather than ask others what to do. Summing up, to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The results of the questionnaire to obtain students’ perceptions towards the implementation of this new teaching approach and assessment methodology in order to improve and apply it in the future are discussed showing a positive result.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Teaching , Students



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