Design-Build Experiences and Student Safety

Geoffrey Cunningham, Perry Armstrong, Tony McNally

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Design-build experiences (DBEs) are an essential element of any programme based on the CDIO methodology. They enable students to develop practical hands-on skills, they enable the learning of theory by stealth and they provide a forum for developing professional skills such as team working and project management. The hands-on aspect of certain DBEs has significant risk associated with it, which must be addressed through the formal evaluation of risks and the development of a methodology for controlling them. This paper considers the aspects of design-build experiences that may impact on student safety. In particular, it examines the risk associated with each of the four stages of CDIO and gives examples of risks which may commonly apply across engineering disciplines. A system for assessing and controlling the risks in any particular DBE is presented and the paper finishes by discussing the significance of health and safety in the educational environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-328
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Volume5, No. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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