The Social Sciences

Year: 2017
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Page No. 35 - 38

Abstract: One of the goals of the education system in Malaysia is to ensure the development of highly educated, highly skilled and strongly motivated human resources to fulfill the needs of the nation and the requirements of the industry as well as to support the country’s aspiration to be an industrialized nation. Thus, several government-funded universities in Malaysia are required to offer engineering technology programs. These universities are known as Malaysian Technical Universities Network (MTUN), comprising Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn and Universiti Malaysia Perlis with a mission to educate and train highly skilled manpower that can contribute to the world class industrial nation. The purpose of engineering technology programs is to complement existing engineering conventional programs. This study reports the differences between engineering conventional programs and engineering technology programs in terms of curriculum design and delivery and assessment of student learning. This knowledge is important as it will differentiate the job scope of the graduates from both programs. The data collection method in this study was qualitative method involving document analysis and focus group interviews. The documents analyzed were Malaysian Qualifications Agency Program Standards for Engineering and Engineering Technology and Malaysian Engineering Program Accreditation Manual. The teaching staffs from MTUN were interviewed for data triangulation. The results indicate that there exist differences in the curriculum design and delivery and assessment of student learning for both programs.

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Kamilah Radin Salim, Rosmah Ali, Morina Abdullah, Zainai Mohamed, Habibah Norehan Haron, Rozita Juliana Abd Rahman, Noor Hamizah Hussain, Norhayati Mohamed Nor, Normah Mulop and Kamsiah Mohd Ismail, 2017. Engineering Conventional and Engineering Technology Programs in Malaysian Universities. The Social Sciences, 12: 35-38.

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