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Sharing engineering design knowledge in a distributed environment

Zdrahal, Zdenek; Mulholland, Paul; Domingue, John and Hatala, Mark (2000). Sharing engineering design knowledge in a distributed environment. Behaviour & Information Technology, 19(3) pp. 189–200.

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Engineering design is a complex activity, relying heavily on know-how gained from personal experience. Competitive pressures and new technology are making further demands on the skills and experience of designers, as effective knowledge reuse in design is seen as increasingly vital, and the work of design teams is often a collaborative and distributed activity. University students with a thorough knowledge of the engineering domain can be ill prepared for professional practice, with its increasing reliance on skills and know-how as well as knowledge of theory. Our approach aims to better prepare students for professional practice, through hands-on experience of design reuse, participation in distributed collaboration, and the development of presentation and documentation skills. Our case-study in the domain of modelling engineering systems, in which the course materials themselves are evolving and distributed, has ramifications for the publication model of educational materials, and the way students should be prepared for working life.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2000 Talyor & Francis
ISSN: 1362-3001
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not Setp29015Enrich
Not Set56057-CP-1-98-1-CZ-ODLODLRichODL Socrates project
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 23354
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 08:32
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 21:19
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