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Theses, Masters


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The paper investigates the effects of implementing several Building Information and Modelling (BIM) aspects into the Leaving Certificate Engineering Syllabus and examines the impact this has on students choosing third level Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry courses with the desire of improving the shortage in the sector. The method and content of the study was based on academic research on second level education in other European countries through the lens of a Literature Review. A sixteen-week pilot program was trialed with over one hundred students at Senior Cycle. The outcomes of the study were critically evaluated through stakeholder interviews and thematic research. The project has raised serious discussion over the Leaving Certificate Engineering syllabus with research suggesting that an update in the curriculum is overdue. Findings suggest; (1) that the pilot BIM module could be adopted into the Engineering Syllabus; (2) students who took part in the course developed a better understanding of jobs available to them in the AEC industry leading to a higher caliber of student adopting DMT subjects and going down the industry career path; (3) the BIM module could be adopted through the vigorous CPD training through the different educational bodies; (4) a continuous classroom-based assessment would be implemented in the Leaving Certificate engineering; A holistic curriculum development at second level education would change the industries attitude on the standard of collaboration and modelling by providing students with 21st century skills which will benefit the AEC sector.