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Effect of Accreditation on Quality of Teaching and Learning and Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration: Case Study

Effect of Accreditation on Quality of Teaching and Learning and Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration: Case Study
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Author(s): Nasser Hosseinzadeh (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman) and Abdullah Al-Badi (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 9
Source title: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Knowledge Generation and Problem Solving
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mohammed Nasser Al-Suqri (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman), Abdullah Khamis Al-Kindi (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman), Salim Said AlKindi (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman) and Naifa Eid Saleem (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3878-3.ch015

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Abstract

Usually, so far, formal education mostly focuses on treating only strictly separated and specialized topic areas, called disciplines. However, as the need for cooperation between professionals oriented from different disciplines grows, the need for a multidisciplinary educational approach becomes more and more important. For a technical education to be completed, it is no longer enough to train scientists and engineers solely in technical areas. In development and implementation of technology-driven applications, multidisciplinary issues should be properly addressed in the academic sense. The College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has addressed this issue of multidisciplinary education by developing and offering interdisciplinary programs such as Mechatronics program, which is jointly offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), and also transdisciplinary programs such as a specialization in biomedical signals and medical devices (approved, but not yet offered at the time of writing this book chapter, 2016) and a program in agricultural engineering. Also, to make engineering graduates capable of working effectively in multidisciplinary teams, final-year projects (FYP) of multidisciplinary nature has been defined and implemented by the students under the supervision of faculty members.

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