School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Jeremy Herbert
Seminar Date: Thu, 05/12/2019 - 14:00
Venue: 78-621
Host: Prof Amin Abbosh

Seminar Type:  ITEE Teaching & Learning Seminar


In most technical university-level courses, one could broadly categorise learning activities as either theoretical or applied. Although both are critical and cannot exist without each other, "theoretical" appears to be used regularly as a pejorative term, in the sense that theoretical learning is disconnected from reality. By giving students opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge to real applications, and also allowing students to experience themselves where theoretical models do and do not apply, we can greatly improve overall student satisfaction by showing them that their efforts in learning the theory were not simply to receive a good mark on their exams. 

The Team Project courses (in this case, ENGG2800 and ENGG3800), we focus heavily on the application of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering that students have acquired from previous studies. We apply these to problems which are "real" and tangible to the students, and also in circumstances that emulate industry practice. However, this is complicated by a number of existing cultural, organisational, psychological and ethical constraints which may not immediately be obvious to one observing from the outside. In this seminar, we will discuss what these challenges are, and how we currently handle them in Team Project, and also some possible directions for the future. Questions, comments and suggestions are most welcome.


Dr Jeremy Herbert is a teaching focussed academic in the School of ITEE, and has been involved in the ENGG2800/ENGG3800 team project courses for nearly a decade. Outside of the university, he also runs an electronics consulting business which helps companies of all sizes to design and manufacture electronic devices (and often does the manufacturing himself!).