Proceedings of the 8th International conference on Research in Engineering, Science and Technology
Predictive Fuzzy model for a First Year Design Oriented Project Based Learning course
Raj Jaiswal , Rohanie Maharaj , Festus Addo-Yobo and Sarim Al-Zubaidy
The first year of an engineering program provides a chance for academic staff to prepare students not only for their degree but also to the world of work and to instill in them the drive to become motivated, lifelong learners and be independent. An Engineering Systems Design 1 course was developed for the first year to introduce students to the world of engineering through a mix of design projects, interactive workshops and lectures. The paper outlines the experience and the impact that introducing the above on student’s engagement and progression. Comparison with other first-year courses is also shown. A proposed predictive fuzzy model for all firstyear courses is outlined. Results show that prediction based on the fuzzy model is highly correlated with the actual students’ grades and therefore, could be used as a predictive tool.
Keywords: Engineering System Design, Prediction model, Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, Fuzzy- Based Model.