The Charles Sturt University Model: Reflections on Fast-track Implementation

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Charles Sturt University (CSU) has established a new degree in Civil Systems Engineering, with the first intake of students commencing in February 2016. CSU initiated its engineering course as a response to demand from local government and regional industry to address ashortage of engineers in the regions. While the genesis of the program was based in aregional outlook, the mission of CSU Engineering is far more than just providing access for regional students – there was a deliberate mission to anticipate and pre-empt global trends in higher education.

The key aim is to train entrepreneurial engineers in a regional setting. Regional engineeringpractice requires a number of valuable and transferrable skills – resilience, adaptability, awillingness to accept responsibility early, communicating with non-engineers. These skills are essential for regional practice; however they are also in demand throughout all of industry. As the only Australian engineering program based in a Faculty of Business, we have set ourselves a goal of educating a very different type of engineering graduate, and doing so in a very different learning environment.

The engineering degree program has been developed on a fast-track timeline, with just 503 days from University Executive approval through to the commencement of the first cohort of students. This paper details the specific goals of the program and the non-traditional nature of the curriculum that has been developed to meet them, and discusses the challenges that were overcome to make the program happen within the timeline provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 123rd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Subtitle of host publicationJazzed About Engineering Education
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Hilton Riverside Hotel and Convention Center, New Orleans, United States
Duration: 26 Jun 201629 Jun 2016


Conference2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Abbreviated titleJazzed About Engineering Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
OtherThe ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.
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