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A Course Approach to Student Transition to University: A Case Study in Agricultural Business Management  [PDF]
Yann Guisard, Karl Behrendt, Peter Mills, Shevahn Telfser, Warwick Weatley, Carole Hunter, Rebecca Acheson, Zelma Bone
Creative Education (CE) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2012.326135
Abstract: The focus of this paper is to present a case study of an integrated course approach to student transition in an undergraduate agricultural business management program. This wholistic approach is particularly relevant to courses with small student intake (defined here as less or equal to 20 full time students). These small intakes represent approximately 38% of all intakes in Australian universities. Most universities have an orientation week with generic and course specific activities to assist students in their transition to university life but very few have a ‘total package’ of sustained transitional support with an overnight tour, mentoring program, curriculum mapping and course design for all of the first stage subjects as just some of their strategies. The transition was planned to take place over the entire first stage of the course. A course team working collaboratively and cohesively was paramount to the success of this project. The approach was first implemented in 2010 and three years of data are presented here. These data clearly demonstrate that although student grades did not significantly improve, student satisfaction and perception of the “worth” of the various fundamental subjects taught in the first year of their course increased. This is associated with a recent decrease in first year student attrition. Finally and perhaps more importantly, academics reported that students seemed to display a higher standard of academic literacy and deeper critical thinking in their various assessment tasks.
Desdobramento da qualidade no desenvolvimento de filmes flexíveis para embalagens
Miguel Paulo A. Cauchick,Telfser M?nica,Maruca Alexandre,Gallonetti Ant?nio
Polímeros , 2003,
Abstract: Um dos métodos atuais importantes para o desenvolvimento de produtos é o QFD (Quality Function Deployment ou Desdobramento da Fun o Qualidade). O QFD consiste em um processo sistemático para traduzir a opini o do cliente em requisitos técnicos e operacionais, mostrando e documentando as informa es na forma de matrizes. O método objetiva enfocar os itens mais importantes, proporcionando um mecanismo para alcan ar vantagens competitivas no processo de desenvolvimento. Este trabalho destaca o conceito do QFD, citando uma aplica o em uma empresa que produz filmes flexíveis de polipropileno (BOPP). O trabalho apresenta alguns aspectos da introdu o do método na empresa, apontando as dificuldades encontradas, resultados e benefícios decorrentes da implanta o. Dentre os benefícios gerados, destacam-se a importancia do papel do QFD como um método para sistematizar o processo de desenvolvimento, bem como outros benefícios para a equipe, tais como melhoria nas habilidades de planejamento, dissemina o do conhecimento e melhoria de comunica o entre as áreas funcionais.
Desdobramento da qualidade no desenvolvimento de filmes flexíveis para embalagens
Miguel, Paulo A. Cauchick;Telfser, M?nica;Maruca, Alexandre;Gallonetti, Ant?nio;Saracura, Aquiles;Martins, Luis;Hori, Mário;Ribeiro, Paulo;Campos, Roni de;Marconato, Tanyze;Mora, Valmir;
Polímeros , 2003, DOI: 10.1590/S0104-14282003000200005
Abstract: one of the important methods for product development is qfd (quality function deployment). qfd consists of a systematic process to translate customer's opinion into technical and operational requirements, pointing out and recording information by using matrices. the method aims at focusing in the most important items, resulting in a way to achieve competitive advantages in the development process. this paper highlights the concept of qfd and reports the introduction of qfd in a company which produces polypropylene flexible (bopp) films. the work discusses the way qfd was introduced in the company and points out the experienced difficulties, achieved results as well as the benefits from the implementation. among those benefits, it can be highlighted the qfd role as a method to systematise the development process, besides other teamwork benefits, such as improvement of planning abilities, knowledge dissemination, and better communication between functional areas.
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