Curriculum Design Change of the Industrial Engineering BA Program
Higher education institutions are complex adaptive systems that need to respond to environmental pressures in a flexible way in today’s dynamically changing environment. Resource dependency theory provides a framework to understand the process of adaption required to meet challenges. Based on the theory this paper introduces a case study presenting curriculum design change of Industrial Engineering BA program at the University of Pannonia, Hungary. The case study followed four steps of curriculum design change: reasons, design and development, teacher preparation and course design, and course evaluation. As a result of external and internal constraints the foreign language education and learning modules of the Industrial Engineering BA program had to be improved in 2009. After almost 3 years of offering a new foreign language introductory course the evaluation of the efficiency became necessary. Results show that learning module change has a positive effect on student activities of foreign language course enrolments and efficiency.
This paper was made under the project TÁMOP-4.2.2/B-10/1-2010-0025. The project is supported by the European Union and co-financed by the European Social Fund.
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