What is OBE?
Outcomes-Based Education system comes with many definitions depending on who defines it. However, the College of Environmental Design and Engineering (CEDE) adopted the definition as how it is modeled and being implemented in the College. It is an educational framework focused on student learning and outcomes in the program of study.
In the CEDE, OBE as espoused by William Spady (1994) is focusing and organizing everything in the system in such a way that the students acquire the abilities to do successfully what outcomes are defined and identified by the program of study. OBE is a system that develops and implements the curriculum, instructional strategies, assessments and performance standards on a clearly defined framework of exit outcomes, where time is used as an alterable resource, depending on the needs of teachers and students, where standards are defined, known, and “criterion-based” and where student’s learning and ultimate performance abilities are focused to highest possible levels before the students leave the school.
CEDE OBE Experience
Outcomes-Based Education System Framework
William Spady (1994) advocated the two key purposes of OBE are:
- Ensuring that all students are equipped with the knowledge, competence and qualities needed on what is essential for all students to be able to do successfully after they exit the educational system.
- Structuring and operating schools so that those outcomes can be achieved and maximized for all students.
Why implement OBE?
CHED CMO 37, s. 2017 paved the way for the establishment of the Outcomes-Based Education system in all engineering schools throughout the Philippines. It aims to transform engineering education into outcomes-based education to meet the demands of the global standard and equivalency of qualifications which is the Philippines preparation for engineering professionals in anticipation of the ASEAN Integration 2015. The CMO supports the aim for global mobility and recognition for Filipino engineers. Clearly, because of the development happening in the ASEAN region, the Filipino engineers must be well-equipped as many of the ASEAN member countries are currently pursuing to become Washington Accord full member or signatory. The reason is that the Accord is a treaty between organizations responsible for accrediting professional engineering degree programs where the equivalency of academic programs accredited by the organization is the basis for the recommendation of graduates of accredited programs in any of the signatory countries to be recognized by the other member countries as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering. Membership in the Washington Accord is one of the requirements for admission of professional engineers to the International Professional Engineers Register. The criteria for membership are academic achievement that is substantially equivalent to that of a graduate holding an engineering degree accredited under the terms of the Washington Accord and acceptable system of accreditation that is national in scope, keyed to global engineering practice, outcomes-based and CQI-promoting, industry-linked, independent of school, and led by professional engineering societies. (Spady and Uy, 2014)
The Pillars of OBE:
The CEDE conceptualized its own OBE framework that guided the College for its implementation. The framework is composed of two (2) concentric circles where the outer circle signifies the University’s Mission, Vision, Philosophy and Goals and Objectives that encompasses all of the plans and actions of all the Administration Officials and the constituents of the University. The inner circle represents the College’s Mission, Visions, Goals and Objectives where the program’s Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives are aligned with. At the center of the concentric circles is the Program Outcomes and the goals of the OBE Implementation which is the BU graduate attributes (BUGA) that define the Program Educational Objectives occupying the most prominent space at the center of the 4 Pillars of the OBE Paradigm.
The Program Educational Objectives which are in consonance with the BU Graduates Attributes of the CEDE are as follows:
The BU graduates are:
- Professionally competent for the emerging workplace and can assume substantial participation in engineering planning, design, and creation of system and process in adherence to required codes and laws, research and development projects that consider safety, the environment and the protection of human lives.
- Culturally sensitive, responsive and aware of the needs of the community.
- Critical and creative thinkers that are shown in their ability to solve complex engineering problems.
- Effective communicators that can work at ease on projects in the company of professionals locally and abroad.
- Service-oriented and socially engaged that place public welfare a proportionate role in their engagement.
- Life-long learners and who are prepared to advance their professions through graduate studies in engineering, and professional development and trainings.
Why Choose BU?
The CEDE is one of today’s best and most highly esteemed engineering and technical schools in Region III. It’s a total environment of creative learning and practical application where you will be given all the tools to develop your technical expertise, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness and innovative thinking. Here, we will train you to bring together science, art and technology to create structures, processes, devices and sound solutions while understanding and protecting the natural environment.
Programs Offered and Career Path
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Level II Second Reaccredited Status
Construction Engineer, Projects Manager, Geotechnical and Soils Engineer, Geo-environmental Engineer, Water Resources Engineer, Structural Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Design Engineer, Consultant, Educator, Contractor
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Project Engineer / Manager, Network System Administration / Manager, Data Communication Engineer, Systems Engineer / Developer / Manager, Systems Analyst / Designer, Technical Support Engineer / Manager, Quality Assurance Engineer / Manager, Test Engineer, Technopreneur, Educator, Researcher
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Power Engineer – Power System Operation, Power System Protection, Power System Economics, Power Plant,
Design Engineer – Advance Power System, Advance Electrical Designer, Machine Automation and Process Control Designer, Illumination Engineer, Entrepreneur, Sales Engineer, Distribution Engineer, Engineering Educator and Researcher, Instrumentation and Control Engineer, Safety Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Construction and Project Engineer, Software Developer, Electrical Design Inspector
Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering
Broadcasting Engineer, Telecommunication Engineer, Electronics Designer, Computers Systems Engineer, Semiconductor Device Fabrication / Manufacturing, Automation, Feedback, Process control, Robotics and Mechatronics Engineer, Instrumentation and Telemetry Engineer, Industrial Electronics Engineer, Signal Processing Engineer, Optics Engineer, Medical / Biomedical Electronics Engineer
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Operations Manager, Maintenance Engineer, Design and Consultancy Engineer, Production Engineer, Educator, Entrepreneur, Plant Engineer / Manager, Sales and Marketing Engineer, Researcher, Fabricator, Automotive Engineer, Instrumentation and Controls Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, HVAC Engineer
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Production Engineer, Organization and Decision System , Ergonomics / Human Factors Engineering
The graduates of the program shall be able to:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences to solve engineering problems.
- Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- Design a system to meet desired needs with in identifiable constraints according to standards.
- Work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
- Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems.
- Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
- Communicate effectively engineering activities with the engineering community and with the society at large.
- Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- Engage in life-long learning and to keep current of the development in the profession.
- Knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles as a member and leader of a team, and to manage projects in a multidisciplinary environment.
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