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Engineering Science and Education Journal

Issue 4 • Date Aug 1998

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  • Evaluating technical education in a spatially and temporally compressed world

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 177 - 180
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    Engineering and technology educators face potential limitations and problems should they neglect the diversity of social, cultural and political environments in which their students find themselves despite the apparent compression of time and space brought about by technological changes that the difference between individuals is getting smaller. This article looks at the evaluation of engineering and technology education from a social and cultural viewpoint and suggests that the evaluation should aim to be sensitive to local traditions and histories, and to particular wants, needs and fancies View full abstract»

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  • CHP planning for Newcastle upon Tyne

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 171 - 176
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    This article covers the development of a combined heat and power scheme, with an associated community heating network, in the centre of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The proposed scheme would comprise a gas-fired gas-turbine-driven electricity generator to provide electrical energy to a major hospital complex and the adjacent university. Waste heat from the gas turbine would be used to displace or supplement existing boiler plant in the hospital and university and also in those municipal buildings (including a second university) in the centre of the city connected to the community heating network. The technical and financial evaluation work carried out during the first phase of the project is described. The stages in the development process which would lead to the establishment of the necessary agreements with the heat and electricity consumers are discussed View full abstract»

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  • Low-bandwidth multimedia tools for Web-based lecture publishing

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 148 - 154
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (1)
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    Some multimedia tools are described, which have been developed for recording audio-graphic presentation material for publication in an HTML reference environment, i.e. `on the Web'. The tools comprise two Macintosh applications and two Netscape plug-ins. The presentation model, which is used as a basis for the recorded lectures, closely follows the model of delivery used in a lecture theatre itself. The presenter arrives with a set of preprepared slides and has a device for displaying those slides and a means for annotating them with hand-drawn text and diagrams. In addition voice is used to reinforce the slides and animations presented. The applications, the technology used to provide low-bandwidth streaming and the likely applications are described. One of those applications, the recording of university lectures, has been evaluated in a trial of the prototype for the tools presented here View full abstract»

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  • Undergraduate engineering education: teaching, learning, assessing-a symbiosis

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 158 - 160
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    This paper challenges the notion that undergraduate engineering education is simply about learning content and suggests, to those responsible for engineering courses, ways of thinking about teaching, learning and assessing which might help students to learn more effectively View full abstract»

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  • The requirements for engineering degree courses and graduate engineers: an industrial viewpoint

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 181 - 187
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    There is currently great concern and controversy over the changing nature and perceived falling quality of engineering education in Britain, and over the critical shortage of school leavers with the necessary qualifications for entry to engineering degree courses. Within the debate, much of the commentary takes a very narrow viewpoint and does not benefit from international comparisons and experienced international practice benchmarking. This paper lists some of the important linked issues and problems which require to be tackled simultaneously to improve the consistency, quality and balance of engineering education to better meet the needs of industry and the individual, including his/her cultural and transferable personal-skill needs. Using international comparisons and contemporary views of the skills required of engineers in practice, it discusses a possible shortlist of actions that need to be applied urgently and simultaneously to achieve a practical solution to the problems View full abstract»

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  • New aspects in electrical measurement accreditation

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 161 - 170
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    Modern technology involves increasingly more accurate measurements over a much wider range of values and parameters; this situation is particularly true in the field of electrical measurements, where new concepts have required accreditation services to modify and adapt their criteria accordingly. This article describes how criteria have been developed to make accreditation possible in three different, newly-developed circumstances: (a) instruments in which software plays a vital part in the measurement process; (b) instruments which are primary standards where conventional direct traceability is not appropriate; and (c) techniques by which calibration can be carried out at a customer's premises without any laboratory staff from the higher level laboratory needing to be present during the work View full abstract»

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  • EEG monitoring using bispectral analysis

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 155 - 157
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    The modern practice of administering paralysing drugs to relax muscles while maintaining shallower depths of anaesthesia has led to the possibility of patients being fully aware of surgery without being able to communicate this awareness to anaesthetists. A form of spectral analysis of an electroencephalogram meets some of the criteria for an ideal index of anaesthetic depth View full abstract»

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  • Engineering education: time for some new stories

    Publication Year: 1998 , Page(s): 188 - 192
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    Universities offer a unique environment with opportunities to reflect upon the cultural location and practice of engineering. Talking about engineering, trying out new ways of talking and exploring ethical issues alongside technical questions all offer ways of thinking about engineering which are culturally as well as technically valuable. The opportunity to engage critically with the roles of engineering and the engineer in society is lost if engineering education is little more than technical training View full abstract»

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The Engineering Science and Education Journal was published by the IET between 1992 and 2002.

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