On the use of semantics for curriculum development of new Engineering Technology Programme

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Engineering technology education has undergone many changes over the past few decades, with the most recent one being the establishment of a new qualification for engineering technologists. This qualification is intended to decouple the engineering technology qualification from the engineering technician qualification. The establishment of a new degree for engineering technologists poses challenges for curriculum developers who need to ensure that the new curriculum will serve to shape graduates as envisaged by the new qualification standards. This is especially challenging because engineering technologists have always followed the same curriculum as engineering technicians for the initial phase of their education. This work focuses the particular challenge of planning of the curriculum knowledge that will shape the intended knower. In this paper, we present some preliminary thoughts on an outcomes-led approach toward determining how the new graduate attributes affect selection, sequencing and pacing. We use legitimation code theory to conceptualise the relationship between knowledge and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE AFRICON 2019
Subtitle of host publicationPowering Africa's Sustainable Energy for All Agenda: The Role of ICT and Engineering, AFRICON 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132891
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Event2019 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2019 - Accra, Ghana
Duration: 25 Sept 201927 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE AFRICON Conference
ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference2019 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2019


  • Engineering education
  • curriculum development
  • graduate attributes
  • legitimation code theory
  • semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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