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A Tuning-AHELO Conceptual Framework of Expected Desired/Learning Outcomes in Engineering

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The OECD Secretariat, at the invitation of the AHELO Group of National Experts, contracted the Tuning Association to undertake initial development work on learning outcomes to be used for valid and reliable assessments of students from diverse institutions and countries. The two disciplines selected for the AEHLO Feasibility Study are engineering and economics. Following the Tuning approach, academics from various regions and countries in the world reached consensus on definitions of expected learning outcomes for bachelor’s-type programmes in both disciplines. This Working Paper presents the outcomes of their work for the engineering discipline. Members of the Engineering Tuning-AHELO working group defined general learning outcomes for all engineering programmes supplemented by branch specifications for the fields of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, taking into account different degree profiles and relevant occupations. In addition to the agreed upon learning outcomes, the paper presents an overview of the field of engineering, the typical degrees and engineering occupations associated to the first and second cycle degrees. The paper also discusses the role of learning outcomes and presents the approach used to defining them. A comparative summary of some of the most influential learning outcomes frameworks in the engineering field is also provided. Le Secrétariat de l’OCDE, à l’invitation du Groupe National d’Experts de AHELO, a mandaté l’association Tuning pour conduire un travail initial sur les résultats d’apprentissage qui seront utilisés dans le cadre d’évaluations valides et fiables d’étudiants provenant de divers établissements et de différents pays. Les deux disciplines sélectionnées pour l’étude de faisabilité AHELO sont l’ingénierie et l’économie. Suivant l’approche TUNING, des universitaires provenant de divers pays et régions du monde, se sont mis d’accord sur une définition des résultats attendus d’étudiants de 1er cycle universitaire dans les deux disciplines. Ce document de travail présente le produit de leur réflexion s’agissant de l’ingénierie. Tout en tenant compte des cycles d’études et des professions, les membres du groupe de travail Ingénierie Tuning-AHELO ont défini les résultats d’apprentissage pour l’ensemble des programmes d’ingénierie, et de ceux plus spécifiques à trois branches de l’ingénierie, soient l’ingénierie mécanique, l’ingénierie électrique et l’ingénierie civile. Le document présente également le champ couvert par l’ingénierie, les types de diplômes et de métiers possibles pour le premier et le second cycle. Il reflète par ailleurs les débats sur le rôle des résultats d’apprentissage et réunit les approches ayant servi à les définir. Un résumé des travaux conduits précédemment sur les résultats d’apprentissage en ingénierie est inclus.

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  • Oecd, 2011. "A Tuning-AHELO Conceptual Framework of Expected Desired/Learning Outcomes in Engineering," OECD Education Working Papers 60, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:eduaab:60-en
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