Summary: A TELECOMMUNICATIONS COURSE TO DEVELOP LIFELONG LEARNING SKILLS.
Jean Armstrong and Jim Royston
School of Electronic Engineering,
Faculty of Science and Technology,
La Trobe University,
Bundoora, Victoria 3083,
ABSTRACT: Communication engineering is a vast and rapidly changing subject. It is therefore possible for students to
learn, during their undergraduate course, only a small part of the information which may be important to them in their careers as
Communication engineers. A Communication Engineering Stream has recently been introduced to the undergraduate
Electronic Engineering degree at La Trobe University. Rather than overload the new stream with content, it has been designed
with two main aims: to give students technical expertise in the areas which are most likely to be useful to them on graduation
and to develop their lifelong learning skills. This paper describes the unit designed to develop these lifelong learning skills.
To make the unit interesting and relevant, it was based around the topical theme of digital mobile telephone systems. Students,
working in pairs, researched one aspect of the mobile phone system. Classes on the use of the Internet and the library were also
based around this theme. Students presented talks and prepared posters on their topics. Feedback from the students was
overwhelmingly positive. The students felt that they had developed skills which would be important during their careers.
LIFELONG LEARNING SKILLS
Keeping up-to-date in a fast changing discipline such as
communications engineering is difficult and requires at least