Document Type

Technical Report


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Civil engineering

Publication Details

Submitted as part of D.Ed. at Trinity College Dublin


This position paper examines the value, delivery and assessment of creativity as a graduate attribute in civil engineering. Creativity is an essential skill for modern civil engineering graduates to allow them to respond to the variety of challenges within the industry. In addition, the need for creativity within their work is both directly and indirectly referenced within accreditation requirements from engineering professional bodies. How to deliver on creativity as a learning outcome requires time and space within the timetable, a difficult challenge in the technical content heavy subjects the make up civil engineering programmes. Added to this are the difficulties presented by tight timetables in modularised programmes and restrictions on availability of teaching staff. Delivery also requires physical space to provide collaborative learning environments which nurture such skills. Mention is also made of the need to partner creativity with critical thinking as an attribute in order that creative solutions are also practicable