Integration of education for sustainable development in the mechanical engineering curriculum

TitleIntegration of education for sustainable development in the mechanical engineering curriculum
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsEnelund, M, M. Wedel, K, Lundqvist, U, Malmqvist, J
JournalAustralasian Journal of Engineering Education
Date Published2013
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13245821
KeywordsCHALMERS , CURRICULUM , education , ENVIRONMENTAL , Human , integrated , Mechanical , Program , sustainable
AbstractThis paper presents and analyses the integration with progression of education for sustainable development in Chalmers University of Technology's MScEng programme in Mechanical Engineering. The program has an aim and structure that emphasises employability, integration of general engineering skills, authentic engineering experiences with a focus on holistic view of the complete lifecycle of products and systems. The realisation of these aims stress the need of an integrated and adaptable sustainable development education for mechanical engineering. To reach this goal, we applied a combined top-down and bottom-up education development process that started with the formulation of program vision and program level learning outcomes. Design-build-test project courses are shown to be suitable arenas for integrating teaching and learning of sustainable development. Results from a student survey on perceptions of the relevance and quality of sustainability education are discussed. Finally, continuing challenges in the area are identified. 
NotesEnelund, M. 1; Email Address: Knutson Wedel, M. 1 Lundqvist, U. 1 Malmqvist, J. 1; Affiliation: 1: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden; Source Info: 2013, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p51; Subject Term: MECHANICAL engineering; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: HUMAN life cycle; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: curriculum development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Education for sustainable development; Author-Supplied Keyword: integrated curriculum; Author-Supplied Keyword: mechanical engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: program development; Company/Entity: CHALMERS tekniska hoegskola; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541330 Engineering Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 12p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 6 Charts, 4 Graphs; Document Type: Article