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Conference papers

29 ABR. 2018

Bridging practice and classroom for construction management graduates

Based on the strategic co-operation with a Chinese listed construction company, the CM Department in SUST, China explored the ways to enhance the competence of their graduates through a scheme of PPMs, in which two modules were collaboratively undertaken by four professionals each from the company.

This study aims to

  1. investigate the effective method to bridging practice and classroom through PPM
  2. explore the effectiveness of improving the competence of Construction Management (CM) graduates through Professional Practice Modules (PPM)
  3. summarise the lessons learned which will be beneficial for other CM institutes which are going to initiate a PPM scheme.

In recent years, many CM departments in universities have explored methods to improve the competence of their graduates. Since CM is a practice oriented discipline, some limitations do exist for the traditional teaching methods in two aspects: changing students' learning approaches and improving their competence. Based on the strategic co-operation with a Chinese listed construction company, the CM Department in Suzhou University of Science and Technology (SUST) in China explored the ways to enhance the competence of their graduates through a scheme of PPMs, in which two modules were collaboratively undertaken by 4 professionals each from the company.

Online questionnaire surveys and interviews were conducted to the students and professionals involved in the two modules. It was found that the satisfaction evaluation rates of students for the collaborative module were all above 95%, and the score of "the lecturer has sufficient practical knowledge and experience in the specific field" was the highest among 6 indicators in the module. Participation in the PPM also improved the students' practical working capability. The findings are valuable for educators to initiate a successful PPM scheme in the future.