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Adm. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci8040058

Enhancing Entrepreneurship Education in a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering: A Project-Based Learning Approach

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Computing Systems Department, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete 02071, Spain
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Department of Business Administration, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete 02071, Spain
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Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 29 September 2018 / Accepted: 1 October 2018 / Published: 4 October 2018
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Abstract

New master’s degrees in computer engineering, designed according to Spanish government requirements, include both technical and business subjects to provide advanced knowledge compared to undergraduate studies. In spite of acquiring this advanced knowledge, our students are not always aware of the significant added value and the positive elements the master’s degree provides for their future professional careers. Moreover, we have observed that students regard the different subjects as isolated blocks of knowledge. To tackle these problems, we have carried out a learning experience based on the creation of a technology-based enterprise (TBE) through the development of a common project (CP). Drawing on project-based learning (PBL) methodology, the CP consists of the identification, development, and final oral presentation of a business model. It aims to utilize sensor data and analysis in different domains. The experience has been highly positive, reducing the gap between studies and business practice, and increasing coordination among teachers. A key issue is that all the subjects of the master’s degree are involved in this learning experience. In addition, results show a high level of satisfaction with the master’s degree, compared to other similar courses. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurship education; active learning; computer science; master’s degree education; project-based learning (PBL); technology-based enterprise (TBE) entrepreneurship education; active learning; computer science; master’s degree education; project-based learning (PBL); technology-based enterprise (TBE)
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Arias, E.; Barba-Sánchez, V.; Carrión, C.; Casado, R. Enhancing Entrepreneurship Education in a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering: A Project-Based Learning Approach. Adm. Sci. 2018, 8, 58.

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