Civil Engineering Wins 3 Teaching Improvement Grants

6 February 2006

The Teaching Improvement Fund (TIF) provides additional resources to enable faculties and colleges to address areas for improvement identified in Academic Board reviews, and University and faculty-level strategic plans.

We congratulate the following staff members for their recent success.

  • Abbas El-Zein
    Abbas El-Zein

    Dr Abbas Elzein, Enhancing the self-practice online (SPOT) towards better programming skills for 1st year engineering students ($6000)
    An online self-practice and examination tool has been developed for the Flexible First Year unit of study, ENGG 1801, Engineering Computing. The tool is based on a database of questions about programming and is made of two components:
    A Self-Practice Online Tool (SPOT) that can be accessed at any time by students enrolled in the unit of study.
    A quiz tool (QT) that will be used to run 3 quizzes over the semester.
    SPOT and QT have a specific role within the course learning map, providing additional resources to help students in learning difficult programming concepts. The tools are part of an overall strategy to improve the teaching and learning quality of this unit of study. An initial fund has been granted by the faculty of engineering for the development of the tools.

  • Gianluca Ranzi
    Gianluca Ranzi

    Dr Gianluca Ranzi, Engineering Games: Discovering the excitement of engineering by means of project-based teaching games ($5000)
    This project intends to support the development of the framework for the implementation of interactive project-oriented games which will rely on fundamental engineering concepts and which will lead students to experience the exciting world of engineering.

  • Tim Wilkinson
    Tim Wilkinson

    Dr Tim Wilkinson, A whole degree program approach to the generic skill of computer programming and logic, ($9000)
    The aim of this project is to include the increased use of computer programming across the entire 4 years of the civil engineering degree program by developing MATLAB and EXCEL problems across the civil engineering disciplines of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, fluids and environmental engineering and project and construction management. It will also be possible to include some postgraduate coursework units of study.