Application of Bologna cycle programme structures and the European credit transfer system to Irish civil engineering programmes

Title: Application of Bologna cycle programme structures and the European credit transfer system to Irish civil engineering programmes
Authors: Magette, W. L.Richardson, Mark G.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12892
Date: 30-Mar-2020
Online since: 2022-06-02T14:13:13Z
Abstract: The objective of this study was to assess, through a cross-institutional comparison, whether higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland have responded to Bologna Declaration first- and second-cycle programme restructuring and applied the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to similarly-accredited civil engineering programmes in a consistent manner. Assessment strategies were also examined. The predominant programme structure was the pre-Bologna ‘4+1’ structure, demonstrating limited national impact of the principles underpinning the Bologna Declaration cycle concept. The first-cycle programmes differed widely in terms of allocated student workload per ECTS credit as well as in the way that educational outcomes were assessed, which was primarily by written examination. There was no ‘best’ (or consensus) practice for applying the two-cycle programme structure or ECTS workload norms. This lack of national consensus reveals issues that may have relevance in other countries, 20 years after the signing of the Bologna Declaration.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: European Journal of Engineering Education
Volume: 45
Issue: 5
Start page: 794
End page: 808
Copyright (published version): 2020 SEFI
Keywords: Bologna processStudent workloadAssessmentProgramme structure
DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2020.1747399
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0304-3797
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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