Web-based engine for program curriculum designers

Hamam, Habib
Loucif, Samia
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Educational institutions pay careful attention to the design of program curricula, which represent a framework to meet institutional goals and missions. Of course, the success of any institution depends highly on the quality of its program curriculum. The development of such a curriculum and, more importantly, the evaluation of its quality are complex and time-consuming processes. This traditional approach requires many cumbersome manual iterations, making it a long and error-prone process. To overcome these problems, this paper proposes a new curriculum support engine as an alternative approach. The proposed curriculum support engine is a Web-based application that helps in designing any program curriculum in real time. The engine incorporates several important features, allowing the verification of the proposed curriculum coherence and the generation of statistics necessary for academic and accreditation purposes. Useful viewing and editing tools are also provided. The proposed curriculum support engine is flexible and allows additional criteria that the curriculum designer can specify to be incorporated. In particular, the engine covers the Accreditation of Canadian Engineering Programs (CEAB), the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Commission of Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of UAE (CAA-UAE). © 2006 IEEE.
This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this Article is published in IEEE Transactions on Education (2009), available online at: https://doi.org/10.1109/TE.2008.2010988.
Accreditation board for engineering and technologies, Alternative approac, Applet, Curriculum design, Editing tools, Educational institutions, Engineering program, Error-prone process, Higher education, Real time, Scientific researches, Time-consuming process, Web-based applications, Accreditation, Design, Engineering education, Engines, Curricula
Hamam, H., & Loucif, S. (2009). Web-based engine for program curriculum designers. IEEE Transactions on Education, 52(4), 563–572. https://doi.org/10.1109/TE.2008.2010988