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An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development

Bussemaker, M, Trokanas, N and Cecelja, F (2016) An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering, 38. pp. 2331-2336.

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Continuous reflection and evolution of curricula in chemical engineering is beneficial for adaptation to evolving industry requirements, novel technologies and enhances student experience by being up to date and inclusive of effective teaching strategies. To this end it was necessary to develop a method to enable a holistic reflection on the curriculum and to examine the effect and potential areas of improvement and change. The curriculum was modelled using semantic knowledge modelling through the development of an Ontology, ChEEdO in the Protégé 3.5 environment. ChEEdo models topics within the domain of chemical engineering, modules taught in chemical engineering courses and the learning outcomes of these modules. The learning outcomes were related to the topics using verb properties from Bloom’s taxonomy and using the context of each learning outcome. The functionality of semantic reasoning via the ontology was demonstrated with a case study based on curriculum development. The output of the modelling results demonstrated that the ontology could be successfully utilised for curriculum development and this is discussed in relation to practicality and future direction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Chemical & Process Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
Authors :
Date : 25 June 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/B978-0-444-63428-3.50393-3
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : knowledge modelling, curriculum development, ontology, chemical engineering education
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Jul 2016 16:18
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2016 16:21

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