Exploring Engineering Employability Competencies Through Interpersonal And Enterprise Skills

Hazmilah, Hasan (2008) Exploring Engineering Employability Competencies Through Interpersonal And Enterprise Skills. PhD thesis, Coventry University.

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Abstract

Many researchers in engineering education have studied the engineering curriculum, employability, industrial training, generic skills and gender issues. From a wide spectrum of study, there is a gap around issues of interpersonal skills and enterprise skills in engineering education that has not been studied. Previous study has shown that there is unemployment amongst graduate engineers in Malaysia. This study aimed to assess whether the suggested lack of interpersonal and enterprise skills competencies cause unemployment amongst engineering graduates in Malaysia. This study also intended to appraise whether engineering undergraduates have received a quality work placement appropriate to their learning, knowledge and employability skills and also to create awareness about interpersonal and enterprise skills competencies amongst engineering undergraduates, higher education educators and employers in Malaysia. This study intended to create awareness about the importance of interpersonal and enterprise skills amongst engineers. A mixed method of questionnaire survey and interview was used to access data from fmal year engineering students and employers in Malaysia. Results from the study have provided evidence that interpersonal and enterprise skills are not a major contributor to unemployment of engineering graduates in Malaysia. This study has created new awareness of the subject that will allow the enhancement of the engineering education curriculum. This study has demonstrated that when interviewing companies for the purposes of research into curriculum it is necessary to have full awareness of their culture and ways of working.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soft skills, Employability, Core competencies, College graduates -- Employment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Library > Tesis > PBPI
Library > Disertasi > PBPI
Depositing User: Nor Aini Md. Jali
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 10:50
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 04:31
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/13427
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