Developing Innovative Graduation Projects Based on CDIO Approach

Developing Innovative Graduation Projects Based on CDIO Approach

P. Tuan (2013).  Developing Innovative Graduation Projects Based on CDIO Approach. 9.

Innovation is surely amongst the most frequently used words in business today, not least because excelling in these areas is widely acknowledged to be associated with business success. Innovation is also integrated into CDIO syllabus (4.7.8, 4.8.6).

In this paper, the author would like to deal with this issue for graduation projects, developed at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology. The process of implementing the innovative graduation project has four phases, twelve steps with learning outcomes in which students are expected to be able to: create and manage effectively a project; recognize Voice of the Customer, understand needs and set goals; use practical and theoretical methodologies to communicate and evaluate ideas; apply innovative processes and an effectively-managed team approach for solving complex technology innovation and/ or product development tasks; experience the process of Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate; create, test and evaluate products; demonstrate experience of working with industry partners.

A case study illustrates the process, in which some machines of a rice milling plant are redesigned, manufactured and operated automatically with better productivity and quality. Results are developed widespread in Southern Vietnam. Six patents are issued.

Proceedings of the 9th International CDIO Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 9 – 13, 2013. 


Authors (New): 
Pham Ngoc Tuan
Vietnam National University (VNU-HCM), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Innovative graduation projects
root cause analysis
CDIO Syllabus
Klaus Schwab, The Global Competitiveness Report 2012–2013, 2012.: 
Edward Crawley, Johan Malmqvist, Soren Ostlund, Doris Brodeur, Rethinking Engineering Education: The CDIO Approach, Springer, 2007.: 
CDIO syllabus, 
Binh Thanh Phan, Minh Quang Le, Nhut Ho Tan, Trinh Minh Thi Doan, Hong Thi Tran, Long Tien Vu, Loc Huu Nguyen, Bac Hoai Le, Development of A Model Framework for CDIO Implementation in Vietnam, Proceedings of the 6th International CDIO Conference, École Polytechnique, Montréal, June 15-18, 2010.: 
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