Present: Rob van Glabbeek, Carroll Graham, James King, Brad Hall, Bruno Gaeta, Aleks Ignjatovic, Charles Willock, Richard Buckland, Paul Compton, Ken Robinson (chair)
This was uncontroversial and approved subject to clarification of the reason for SENG3010 and SENG3020 being on the list.
There was general acceptance that this is a reasonable requirement,
although there was some reservations about being too prescriptive.
The proposal was approved.
No discussion. Approved
Discussion raised the following:
Because of the number of conflicting issues and shortage of time, it was decided to leave this item on the agenda.
Toby wasn't present. Paul and Carroll explained the genesis of this proposal:
The Coop students who have their own, slightly different program (plan) needed an advanced course. It was decided to ask NICTA to propose a course and Toby took up the challenge.
Discussion: there was general approval in principle of the proposed course. The presumed general emphasis of the course was enthusiastically supported. There are problems in the course proposal and it was agreed that more work needed to be done on the proposal to clarify a number of issues:
The meeting did not have time for other business, but Charles Willock delivered this item for discussion at a later Teaching Committee meeting.
"My perception is that in computing, engineering, physics etc, if asked, each School/Faculty etc would say that they are teaching 'Problem Solving' ...
... and yet what seems to happen is that they teach not so much problem solving but:
"How to *do* a specific task" in the sense of "if you do this task you will solve this specific problem".
What seems to be missing is a higher level of 'problem solving' such things as problem 'awareness' (early alerting of: have we got a problem, what exactly is it?), problem type classification (which can be very helpful in solution classification) idea/option generation, option testing, ... implementation [which most Schools do very well] ... testing, evaluation etc.
All these sorts of thing are what an experienced engineer/scientist does implicitly - that one acquires 'by osmosis' - but there would appear to be significant advantages from teaching it explicitly.
Maybe a gen-ed subject, ... maybe in time something a lot more."
The meeting closed at 1505.
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