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Communication Engineering Curriculum (Past, Present and the Future)

TitleCommunication Engineering Curriculum (Past, Present and the Future)
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAburas, A, Rustempasic, I, Muhic, I, Yildiz, BGheith
Conference NameInternational Conference on Electrical, Computer, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ICECECE 2012)
Date PublishedJuly 5-6, 2012
Place PublishedZurich, Switzerland
Abstract

At present time, competition, unpredictable
fluctuations have made communication engineering education in the
global sphere really difficult. Confront with new situation in the
engineering education sector. Communication engineering education
has to be reformed and ready to use more advanced technologies.
We realized that one of the general problems of student`s education is
that after graduating from their universities, they are not prepared to
face the real life challenges and full skilled to work in industry. They
are prepared only to think like engineers and professionals but they
also need to possess some others non-technical skills. In today’s
environment, technical competence alone is not sufficient for career
success. Employers want employees (graduate engineers) who have
good oral and written communication (soft) skills. It does require for
team work, business awareness, organization, management skills,
responsibility, initiative, problem solving and IT competency. This
proposed curriculum brings interactive, creative, interesting, effective
learning methods, which includes online education, virtual labs,
practical work, problem-based learning (PBL), and lectures given by
industry experts. Giving short assignments, presentations, reports,
research papers and projects students can significantly improve their
non-technical skills. Also, we noticed the importance of using ICT
technologies in engineering education which used by students and
teachers, and included that into proposed teaching and learning
methods. We added collaborative learning between students through
team work which builds theirs skills besides course materials. The
prospective on this research that we intent to update communication
engineering curriculum in order to get fully constructed engineer
students to ready for real industry work.