Online Postgraduate Program Development

Online Postgraduate Program Development

Johh P. T. Mo (RMIT University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5011-4.ch010
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Abstract

Due to changes in business requirements, a defence consortium has the desire to develop the Master of Systems Support Engineering program for professional development of their future leaders. The challenge in this industry-sponsored program development is the need to fully integrate expert knowledge in the field to the fundamental theories in the subject matter and to deliver this body of knowledge to working professionals online. The initial online course design was delivered to the first cohort. The students were surveyed, and the results were reviewed by the industry steering committee. After re-design of the online course delivery, the survey outcome showed marked improvement. In this chapter, the author describes the systems approach that was adopted and outline the steps taken to develop a Master program for online delivery.
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Industry Oriented Program Development Process

To develop an education program that is industry oriented and produces graduates with the ability to manage support function for complex systems, a Steering Committee (SC) is formed with heavy involvement of members of the industry consortium. From the outset, it is clear that the industry consortium aims to develop business leaders of the future in Systems Support Engineering (SSE). It is important to design the curriculum with a learning methodology aiming at change of mindset (Neill, 1994). The SC makes reference to educational theories including CDIO (http://www.cdio.org/).

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