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An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development

Bussemaker, Madeleine, Trokanas, Nikolaos and Cecelja, Franjo (2016) An Ontological Approach to Chemical Engineering Curriculum Development In: 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering - ESCAPE26, 2016-06-12 - 2016-06-15, Portoroz, Sloveni.

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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 (Topics), modules taught in chemical engineering courses (Modules) and the learning outcomes of these modules (LearningOutcomes). 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 this purpose and this is discussed in relation to practicality and future direction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
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Date : 14 June 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:51
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:23

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