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Incorporation of Sustainability Concepts into the Engineering Core Program by Adopting a Micro Curriculum Approach: A Case Study in Saudi Arabia

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Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Alkhobar 31952, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Management Information Systems, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Alkhobar 31952, Saudi Arabia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2901; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072901
Received: 12 March 2020 / Revised: 18 March 2020 / Accepted: 18 March 2020 / Published: 5 April 2020
Higher education institutions are increasingly pursuing sustainable development goals in engineering and technology education. The concepts related to operations, production, and consumption continue to gain importance and significance for engineering students. In the engineering profession, the incorporation of sustainability means integrating environmental, economic, and social factors into the evaluation of design processes, products, and services. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an engineering program that along with the technical content, also fosters a critical sense regarding the social and environmental aspects of the field. The current status of sustainability education in engineering programs offered in Saudi universities is not very promising. In this paper, we explore the use of existing university curricula to incorporate sustainability elements into engineering education and training. Sustainability concepts were introduced into selected courses by using a micro-curriculum approach. Moreover, a standalone course is also introduced. We observed that this approach has been successful in integrating sustainability into the engineering curriculum. We recommend that such an approach be used to develop sustainability awareness in engineering programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; education; engineering; micro-curriculum; PMU sustainability; education; engineering; micro-curriculum; PMU
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Ashraf, M.W.; Alanezi, F. Incorporation of Sustainability Concepts into the Engineering Core Program by Adopting a Micro Curriculum Approach: A Case Study in Saudi Arabia. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2901.

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