Glossary

There are many terms in currency around the education world which display ambiguity of meaning. This is an attempt to define a vocabulary which clarifies at least what is meant when we use a word or phrase of jargon in the context of engineering education.  The following list is alphabetical: no further significance is intended by the order of terms.

learning outcome

It is considered good practice to specify at both programme and module level the intended learning outcomes (ILOs) for students.  These should be phrased using active verbs, so that it is clear what the student should be able to do at the end of the module or whole programme. ILOs should not be used as a summary of the syllabus.

liberal engineering

The marriage of technical skills and understanding with problem solving and with highly developed communication, ethical, humanitarian and human interaction skill is increasingly being defined as liberal engineering.